No matter how flashy that Charizard card was, Mayweather wasn’t dazzled: “I’m the best at legalized bank robbery”, he stated. And he might be. The former US national champ was guaranteed $10 million in base salary and 50 percent pay-per-view shares of the show, priced at $49.99 and distributed by Showtime.
Floyd Mayweather was back in the boxing ring for the first time in four years, and although the former five-division champion didn’t exactly put on the most entertaining of performances, he did enough to beat Logan Paul in an eight-round exhibition Sunday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
“I had fun,” Mayweather said in the ring after the fight. “I’m not 21 anymore.” At 44, Mayweather is 18 years older than Paul (who’s 26). He also was 35 pounds lighter, weighing 155 pounds, the heaviest of his boxing career. Yet, his keen sense of boxing shone especially during the later stages, when he allowed Paul to move forward before landing jabs that got through cleanly and with authority.
By Friday, a documentary previewing the fight had already accrued more than 4.5 million views on YouTube in six days, and a shoving match between Mayweather and Jake Paul at a news conference last month rippled through social media before landing on sports highlight shows, reports The New York Times.