Mayweather was widely expected to toy with the taller, heavier, less-experienced YouTuber in their eight-round exhibition bout at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
But, despite being by far the more skilled boxer in the ring on Sunday night, the undefeated legend couldn’t find the knockout punch to underscore his dominance over the dogged vlogger.
After a bout that was at times scrappy, as Paul frequently tied up Mayweather to avoid taking clean shots from close range, Mayweather admitted that the YouTube sensation had surprised him with his smarts inside the ring.
“I had fun,” he said after the bout, which had no official winner.
“You gotta realise i’m not 21 anymore, but it’s good to move around with these young guys, test my skills, just to have some fun.
“Great young fighter, tough, strong. He’s better than I thought he was.”
Mayweather said that Paul might struggle to continue his boxing career against similarly-sized fighters, but gave praise to his inexperienced opponent for putting up a tough fight in front of a huge pay-per-view audience.
“As far as with the big guys, the heavyweights, it’s gonna be kinda hard (for him),” he offered.
“But he’s a tough, rough competitor.
“It was good action, we had fun. I was surprised by him tonight.
“Good little work. Good guy. I had fun.”
Talk then turned to what might be next for Mayweather, with a potential rematch with Conor McGregor a possibility, while Paul’s younger brother, Jake, has also made no secret of his desire to step into the ring with the 50-0 legend.
But the Las Vegas native wouldn’t be drawn on his future plans as he hinted that his age may be starting to play a factor in his performances.
“I fought against a heavyweight, but I had fun,” he said.
“Even though he don’t got that much experience, he knew how to use his weight and he knew how to tie me up tonight.
“But I had fun, I’m pretty sure he had fun, and hopefully the fans enjoyed it.
“We don’t know what the future holds,” he continued.
“I’ll talk it over with my team and see where we go from here.
“You gotta realise I’ve been in this game 25 years and I understand I’m not 21, I’m not 25. But I had fun tonight.”
Mayweather and Paul are set to box eight, three-minute rounds. There will be no scoring. Each can win only by knockout, technical knockout or disqualification.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The rebranding of Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes another unconventional turn Sunday night.
Mayweather is a retired five-division world champion and perhaps the best boxer of the past 30 years. But his life after boxing, mostly as the head of his promotional company, did not quite satisfy.
The allure of the ring is not easily put aside.
Consequently, at age 44, he returns to the ring under conditions that will not recall any of his great exploits in the ring. He will face YouTube personality Logan Paul in an exhibition at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.
“I don’t look at is as a fight; I think my opponent looks at it as a fight,” Mayweather said during a media gathering Thursday in Miami Beach. ”I look at it, for one night, I’ll be entertaining the people. I do it when I want to. We’re going to go out there have fun Sunday and give the people what they want to see.”
The enviable pay-per-view stripes Mayweather earned during his unblemished 50-fight career and Paul’s reported 29 million followers on his social media platform helped move the event to a football stadium. The Mayweather-Paul marquee is supported by additional bouts involving former world champions. TV and other viewing options will require a $ 50 price tag.
Mayweather and Paul are to box eight, three-minute rounds. There will be no scoring. Each can win only by knockout, technical knockout or disqualification.
Another feature is the floating weight limit. Paul will be allowed to weigh as much as 190 pounds. The heaviest Mayweather weighed for a boxing match was 151 pounds for his super welterweight title fight against Miguel Cotto in 2012. The 5-foot-8 Mayweather began his career in the 130-pound junior lightweight division.
“You never worry about height or size, it’s about skills,” Mayweather said. “And that’s one thing about Floyd Mayweather is I’ve got skills.”
The exhibition has drawn predicted outcries from boxing purists. But Mayweather admirers and younger audiences, who don’t care about the nuances of the sweet science, are generating enthusiasm.
“This whole thing is surreal, everything about it,” Paul said. “I told my manager and we kind of had an inside joke that until I get in the ring with him, I didn’t think this fight was happening.
“But I think it’s safe to say that I can believe it now. I think it’s happening. It’s fight week. I can’t imagine Floyd would back out now, but who knows? Old man fakes an injury, gets scared of the big kid. I’m excited.”
Paul, 29, has one previous boxing exhibition. He lost a split decision against fellow YouTube personality KSI (Olajide William Olatunji) in November 2019.
Mayweather won world titles in the super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight classes during his 21-year career. He defeated Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Many boxing experts consider Alvarez the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighter.
After stopping UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017, Mayweather retired. Mayweather, who recently became a grandfather, has no intentions to upgrade ring appearances beyond exhibitions. Pacquiao, 42, will return after a two-year absence to fight welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on Aug. 21 in Las Vegas.
“Am I proud of Manny Pacquiao? Absolutely,” Mayweather said. “But he has to fight. I’ve made sound investments. I’m able to put myself in a position where I don’t have to fight anymore.”
The Mayweather-Paul event headlines a card that will feature a second exhibition involving retired NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson.
“I’ve been using boxing to prepare for football throughout the years, but I’ve never done it to this magnitude,” said Johnson, who will face Brian Maxwell. “To prepare for an actual fight, is something new. I’m facing a guy who does this for a living, so I’m not taking this lightly at all.”
Also on the card are former super welterweight champion Jarrett Hurd and ex-super-middleweight titleholder Badou Jack. Hurd will face Luis Arias while Jack will fight Dervin Colina. Jack originally was scheduled to face former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal before Pascal tested positive for a banned substance.
Fight fans only have a short time to wait until the main event starts, including the exhibition fight everyone has been waiting for. Logan Paul vs Floyd Mayweather, the high-profile boxing bout, is taking place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, with those looking to watch the big fight having to pay a PPV fee – with Sky Box Office having the UK rights. It costs £16.95 to watch Paul Mayweather on Sky Box Office, with the pair not expected to step into the ring till 4am UK time on Monday June 7.
If you’re looking to tune into Paul vs Mayweather, and have been tempted to watch the match via an illegal free live stream, then just be warned that it could end up costing you severely.
For Paul’s last fight, a rematch between fellow YouTuber KSI, measures were put in place to try to clamp down on the rampant piracy that affected the pair’s first bout.
Given how high profile the Paul Mayweather fight is, rights holders may look to go even further to clampdown on illegal streams.
And if they do want to go down this road, they don’t have to look too far.
Recently Paul’s brother Jake, another YouTuber, also took part in a boxing match versus Ben Askren.
And those reportedly involved in the illegal live streaming of this fight are now facing a very heavy cost.
As reported by TorrentFreak, Triller – who distributed the Paul Askren fight – have launched legal action against companies, business entities and individuals who allegedly posted the fight online without permission.
Triller’s first attempts at legal action, which was a $ 100million lawsuit that targeted entities and individuals that allegedly streamed the fight illegally, didn’t go to plan with a judge unhappy that 13 separate defendants had all been bundled into the same action.
All defendants bar FilmDaily.com were culled from the suit, but that didn’t deter Triller.
The company went on to file a $ 50million lawsuit against the popular H3 Podcast. The suit claims the pod’s YouTube channel “unlawfully uploaded, distributed, and publicly displayed” the fight.
And Triller didn’t stop there, with lawsuits recently filed against Online2LiveStream.us, My-Sports.club and YouTubers ‘ItsLilBrandon’ and Elipt Gaming.
The latter is a small YouTube channel which has just 2,250 subscribers.
While Triller’s suit goes on to say that the video in question, from Elipt Gaming, was viewed “at least 300 times”.
The complaint says: “Defendants’ calculated and reprehensible infringement, theft, and other unlawful acts — committed in knowing violation of the law — has resulted in damages suffered by Plaintiff by stealing and diverting at least 300 unique viewers of the illegal and unauthorized viewings of the Broadcast from Plaintiff.”
This latest legal action is a clear example of rights holders not just going after big name piracy hubs, but also willing to target streams that reach a much smaller amount of people.
While Triller aren’t broadcasting the Mayweather Paul fight, it’s a timely warning to anyone thinking of trying to watch or share an illegal live stream of the serious risks they take doing so.
Face to face: Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul will face off in an exhibition bout in Miami (Image: GETTY)
Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul: Fight Card
Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul – 190-pound exhibition bout
Badou Jack vs Dervin Colina – light-heavyweight bout
Jarrett Hurd vs Luis Arias – middleweight bout
Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell – cruiserweight exhibition bout
Jarrett Hurd vs Luis Arias
The 10-round middleweight bout between former light-middleweight world champ Jarrett Hurd and Luis Arias didn’t go the way of the formbook, as Arias scored a huge victory to hand Hurd only the second defeat of his pro career.
Arias, who hadn’t won since 2017, looked fired-up and ready for the fray, while Hurd appeared a little slower to the punch as he got clipped frequently by Arias’ right hand.
Hurd attempted to rough-house his way back into the fight, and was given a strong warning by the referee after two low blows in quick succession left Arias in agony on the canvas in Round 7.
Then, in Round 9, Hurd then earned a knockdown after a shot sent Arias to the canvas, though it looked like the wet canvas from the torrential rain in Miami was a much to blame as Hurd’s punch.
However, it proved to be a frustrating night for Hurd, as Arias ran out the split-decision winner with scores of 94-95, 97-93, 96-93.
Split-decision winner: Luis Arias defeated Jarrett Hurd (Image: GETTY)
Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson vs Brian Maxwell
The exhibition bout between former NFL star Johnson and bare-knuckle fighter Maxwell proved to be a smart piece of matchmaking, with the pair looking relatively evenly-matched in their four 2-minute-round encounter.
Despite Maxwell having the experience advantage, it was Johnson who landed the cleaner work through most of the bout, using his lunging southpaw style well to repeatedly clip the combat sports professional.
But, in the final round, Maxwell connected with a big right hand that sent “Ochocinco” crashing face-first to the canvas.
Johnson beat the count, but looked decidedly wobbly as he backpedalled his way to the final bell.
We scored it as we went along, and gave “Ochocinco” the first three rounds before Maxwell scored the final-round knockdown, meaning our unofficial scorecard had the former NFL star as the winner, 38-37.
But, with the bout contested as an exhibition, no winner was announced as both men had their hands raised after the fight.
1:15am: The night’s first fight offers plenty of interest on the other side of the pond, with former NFL wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson set to make his combat sports bow against journeyman mixed martial artist and bare-knuckle fighter Brian Maxwell.
“People who are buying tickets, people that are showing up, I want them to leave and say, ‘I doubted Ocho, but to see him get in the ring, knowing that someone tried to kill. He put on one hell of a f****** show,'” he told ESPN.
“I wouldn’t step in the ring with Charlo or Canelo, but the opportunity presented itself to move around with somebody who has skills and has ring experience.
“I felt I was in adequate enough shape and had enough background to do it.
“With a huge amount of respect for combat sports, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.”
Six-time NFL Pro Bowler Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson is set for undercard action (Image: GETTY)
1:00am: Former cruiserweight world champion Johnny Nelson has joined the Sky Box Office panel as they try to keep the interest up during the long build-up to the first fight of the night.
And while nobody has attempted to build a case for Logan Paul actually winning, Nelson brought a stark sense of reality of just how big of a mismatch we’re about to see tonight.
“Unless Floyd Mayweather goes out there blindfolded, and probably drunk, how can he possibly lose to this young man?” he said, with a smile.
12:40am: The fight’s rules are a little, well, strange.
Knockouts are legal. However, there will be no judges at ringside, and no official winner will be declared.
Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul: Exhibition rules
No ringside judges
No official winner to be announced
Knockouts are legal
Knockout is up to referee’s discretion
10-ounce gloves to be worn, with no headgear
Fight to be contested over eight 3-minute rounds
Fighters to weigh no more than 190 pounds
Logan Paul pulls on the gloves during his open workout (Image: GETTY)
12:30am: Logan Paul may have the height and reach advantage, but the difference in boxing ability isn’t so much a skills gap as an almighty chasm.
And British boxer and Mayweather gym fighter Viddal Riley, who trained YouTuber KSI in his two fights against Logan Paul, said “The Maverick’s” physical advantages will count for nothing once the fight starts.
In one line, he aptly described what the overwhelming majority of fight fans are thinking about Paul’s chances heading into the fight.
“The skill’s so low, the weight doesn’t matter.”
Size difference: Logan Paul towered over Floyd Mayweather at the weigh-ins (Image: GETTY)
12:15am: Paul, 26, has been given virtually no chance of success against the boxing icon, but that hasn’t stopped the Ohio native from portraying a confident attitude heading into tonight’s fight.
“People are asking me if I’m like scared. No, no I’m not scared,” he said
“The feelings I’m getting right now are just excitement.
“I’m excited, I’m blessed to have this opportunity, and I think we’re going to wow a lot of people.
“I just don’t believe I’m gonna get in there and people are gonna see what they expect to see.”
Paul towered over Mayweather at the weigh-ins after tipping the scale at 189.5 pounds, 34 and a half pounds heavier than Mayweather, who came in at 155 pounds.
But, as Mayweather stated afterward, size won’t matter when the pair start throwing leather.
“Height doesn’t win fights, weight doesn’t win fights,” he said.
“Fighting wins fights… and I can fight.”
12:10am: The first fight of the evening will see former NFL wide receiver Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson make his boxing debut.
The 43-year-old will be trying his hand at boxing for the first time.
He has previously trained with Mayweather during the NFL off-season, however.
Ochocinco will be taking on bare-knuckle boxer Brian Maxwell, who has lost his only three previous fights.
Elsewhere, former world champion Jarrett Hurd is expected to pick up a victory over Luis Arias in their middleweight bout.
Hurd, who held the unified WBA (super), IBF and IBO light-middleweight titles between 2017 and 2019, is looking to make his way back to a title fight.
And the 30-year-old is expected to pick up the win against Arias, who is fighting for the first time since 2019, and hasn’t earned a victory since June 2017.
Former WBC super-middleweight and WBA light-heavyweight champion Badou Jack is also set for action on the card.
Jack was originally slated to face fellow former world champion Jean Pascal in a rematch of their 2019 light-heavyweight title fight, which Pascal won by split decision.
However, Pascal failed a drug test in the lead-up to the fight, and has been replaced by undefeated contender Dervin Colina, who has won all bar two of his 15 pro fights inside the distance.
12:05am: Despite losing his professional debut to fellow YouTube star KSI in November 2019, Paul challenged Mayweather to a fight last year, which was confirmed in December.
The affair was initially scheduled for February 2021 but was postponed until this month due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Mayweather is set to earn a monstrous payday from the event, with the Hall of Famer claiming he will make over $ 100million (£70million) for fighting Paul.
He said: “I can fight a fighter right now, and I can guarantee myself $ 35million. I can eventually probably make $ 50million for just a regular fight.
“Or me and Logan Paul can go out, entertain, have fun and make nine figures, $ 100million or more.”
12:00am: The sport of boxing has seen many big-money, big-occasion matchups, but few have been quite like the one we’re about to witness tonight.
There are no world titles on the line. Indeed, officially, there are no professional records on the line.
Instead, tonight’s main event is an exhibition bout between one of the greatest technical boxers in the sport’s history and a young upstart YouTuber with a massive social media following who has only boxed twice in competitive bouts in his life.
It’s the latest instalment of the Floyd Mayweather money-printing bandwagon, as the 44-year-old taps into the lucrative social influencer market for what, on paper at least, should be by far his easiest assignment since this first bout as a professional back in October 1996.
“This dude (Paul) is a YouTube sensation. Floyd boxes.
“And not only does Floyd box, Floyd was one of the best. Floyd was one of the best, pound-for-pound, for a long time.
“Boxers couldn’t hit him. How’s a non-boxer gonna hit him?
Jones also said that, with Logan taking a mismatch against a legend like Mayweather, and Logan’s brother Jake taking a fight with former UFC champion Tyron Woodley, the days of the two YouTuber siblings fighting in novelty matchups are now gone, and the bouts will only get more serious from now on.
YouTuber Paul, whose professional boxing record stands at 0-1, with that loss coming to fellow YouTuber KSI, is doing a sterling job of creating a narrative besides the obvious mismatch angle heading into Sunday night’s fight in Miami.
The tale of the tape may paint a picture of physical advantages for Paul – he is younger, taller, heavier and will possess a significant reach advantage.
But the universally-held belief is that Mayweather’s boxing pedigree and sheer skill at the “sweet science” make the bout a horrible mismatch, just as it was when Mayweather took on hopelessly outmatched Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in his last exhibition bout.
Nonetheless, Paul – whose gift of the gab, coupled with a colossal social media following has kept the build-up to Sunday’s bout interesting – is insisting that not only has he managed to trick Mayweather into fighting him, he’s also going to deliver the ultimate insult and beat him, too.
Speaking to CBS Sports, Paul declared, “You are witnessing the greatest finesse job in history.
“Why is Floyd Mayweather getting in the ring with me? He has everything to lose.
“I wanted to acknowledge Floyd’s career path and everything he has accomplished.
“I was trying to be respectful and then my my brother took his hat and he said he was going to kill Jake, and I don’t take that s*** lightly.
“It has become super personal. Just the way he is talking online and he thinks he is in control of this fight to the T.
“It’s going to take 44 years of Floyd’s life for him to be humbled.”
Fans looking at the fight as a stylistic matchup have suggested that Paul’s only chance of success is to make the bout ugly and land a lucky punch on Mayweather in the hope that the legend’s lightning reflexes let him down against a bigger, stronger opponent.
But Paul suggested otherwise, and said, remarkably, that he would step through the ropes and attempt to outbox the man who has not been outboxed in 50 professional bouts against a host of legendary names including Shane Mosley, Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton.
And, when the pair faced off on Friday ahead of their bout on Sunday night, Paul looked anything but intimidated as he appeared to relish the close-quarters staredown between the pair.
“I’m not going to make it ugly — it’s going to be the cleanest display of boxing that you are going to see,” Paul said.
“I think it’s going to be two phases that Floyd has in this fight. One, the realisation that he might be in over his head – the realisation that the kid standing across from him isn’t a fake fighter, isn’t just a YouTuber and that he had been doing this s*** for some time now.
“Then when he realises he might have to work a little harder than he thought and he’s not getting the ins he thought he would, that’s when he’s going to hit desperation.
“I think when Floyd’s desperate and I can see in his face that he’s broke, that’s when I got him. I think that’s when he is going to lose.”
Floyd Mayweather is all set to share the boxing ring with an 0-1 YouTuber in his next bout, but if things had panned out differently, it could have been a 29-0 UFC legend.
That’s because Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has revealed that the retired Russian MMA superstar and former undisputed UFC lightweight champion was offered a colossal payday to end his combat sports retirement and take on Mayweather in an exhibition bout.
Speaking on Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ podcast, Abdelaziz explained that Khabib was a man in demand from the moment he announced his retirement from MMA.
UFC president Dana White made no secret of his desire to try to persuade “The Eagle” out of retirement and continue his career in the octagon.
But there were options outside of MMA, too, with Abdelaziz explaining that Mayweather’s team had made the Russian star a blockbuster offer to box him that, had Khabib accepted, would almost certainly have happened instead of Mayweather’s upcoming bout with Logan Paul which takes place at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on June 6.
“Khabib got offered $ 100million (£71m) after he was retired to fight Floyd Mayweather. $ 100 million. You can ask Floyd, you can ask everybody,” he said.
YouTuber-turned-prizefighter Logan Paul said his job against Floyd Mayweather was already tough, but his younger brother’s intervention has only served to make his task even tougher.
Speaking to Mauro Ranallo during the Bellator 259 live broadcast, Paul gave an update on his upcoming June 6 exhibition bout with Mayweather, and revealed how his assignment got even more difficult, thanks to his younger brother Jake.
“Dude, this is not an exhibition,” he stated.
“I’ve been saying this. What exhibition is eight three-minute rounds?
“This is a fight and if Floyd didn’t want to rip my head off before my brother took his hat, now he’s trying to kill me.
“He’s trying to make an example of the big brother so the younger brother has to suffer and watch and witness. I don’t know if you’ve seen ‘Scarface,’ but that’s what he’s trying to do.”
“We’ve been training our a**** off for eight months now preparing to fight this guy.
“I’m 30 pounds heavier, I’m six or seven inches taller, half his age and hungry.
“And I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m going in there with that energy, and he’s got everything to lose. ”
“There’s a lot on the table for him (and) not a lot on the table for me. And that’s a dangerous man.”
Logan also sounded off about mixed martial arts, and said that his skills as a collegiate wrestler may be better served to MMA competition instead of boxing. And he admitted he’d love to step into the cage to compete at least once.
“Yeah, absolutely,” he said.
“I actually think I’d probably be better at MMA because of my wrestling background.
“I will say it is a tough sport, it’s harder than boxing.
“MMA fighters are legitimate, all-around, 360-degree fighters.
“I’ve had some knee issues on both knees and it’s rough on the body. But I can’t not do one MMA fight before I die, you know?
“I’m going to do at least one. And if I do one, I’ll probably do another.”
Mayweather had a 50-0 record with 27 knockouts during a career in which he won world titles in five weight divisions over three decades.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla — A month before he returns to the ring at age 44 for an exhibition bout, Floyd Mayweather wound up in a brawl.
The boxing Hall of Famer will face Logan Paul in a pay-per-view event on June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. On Thursday, he squared off — sort of — with Paul’s brother, Jake, who prompted the scuffle when he took Mayweather’s cap.
Apparently incensed that Mayweather called both Pauls “fake fighters” and offered to take on both on the same night, Jake Paul confronted the former champion. In what appeared to be a staged get-together, Paul grabbed Mayweather’s white baseball cap and “security” jumped between the two as Mayweather surged toward Paul.
“I don’t have to talk about what I’m going to do. The world knows what I’m going to do,” Mayweather said. “I’m willing to fight both in the same night.”
Mayweather had a 50-0 record with 27 knockouts during a career in which he won world titles in five weight divisions over three decades. Among the opponents he beat were Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya before he retired in 2015 — though he stopped mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor in 2017.
In the 26-year-old Paul, Mayweather will face a star created on the internet. Followed by more than 20 million on YouTube, Paul began boxing in 2019 with a six-round bout against fellow YouTube star KSI. A former high school wrestler, Paul will have a 6-inch height advantage over Mayweather, but obviously gives away plenty in ring experience and mastery.
“Logan Paul is huge on YouTube and he has a huge following. He’s a big guy, strong guy,” Mayweather said. It’s just fun. It’s entertaining. It’s all about entertainment and, of course, when he’s on social media, he’s entertaining to people all the time.”
It’s uncertain if Mayweather was referring to the news conference altercation as entertaining, too.
“I just feel inspired,” Logan Paul said. “I want to beat the (stuffing) out of him. I really do. This fight means so much to me. To my fans. To my family. To everyone watching who thought they couldn’t do something in life. That’s the energy I’m going in with. Everyone says this is impossible. Well it was impossible that I got this fight.”
The undercard will feature heavyweights Jean Pascal against Badou Jack, and super welterweight Jarrett Hurd vs. Luis Arias. Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson will make his boxing debut.
Conor McGregor has weighed in on the shocking brawl between Floyd Mayweather and Jake Paul, directing crude insults at his former opponent while claiming he is in the “drain” and would make far more money through a “real” fight.
Sporting icon Mayweather and YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul were involved in a huge scrap after the 24-year-old stole the veteran’s cap when they came face-to-face at the press conference for the former champion’s fight with Paul’s brother, Logan.
That was all the invitation McGregor, who changed disciplines from MMA to boxing to lose to Mayweather in one of the most lucrative fights of all time in 2017, needed to accuse his old rival of acting shamefully.
“What the f*ck is Floyd at?” asked the UFC megastar, directing his initial question at Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions.
“The kid [Paul] curled up, didn’t fight back once, and Floyd is still running around acting the tough guy.”
That amounted to an interesting interpretation of a situation in which Paul had placed himself center stage at a press call that was not his own, whispering to a camera that he intended to thieve Mayweather’s cap before duly carrying out the incendiary deed.
“The kid actually just pulled this shambles of a situation Floyd is in out of the drain for him,” McGregor said, suggesting that Mayweather needs the money and is picking easy opponents.
“He should thank him. It’s embarrassing. Pro to pro, it’s embarrassing. He will not scratch 10 million for this fight and he knows it.
“It was canceled once already [in January, before being rescheduled for June 6]. The world is watching this on Twitter. He’d fight a half-decent pro and command 20 million upwards, yet it’s this sh*t.”
McGregor signed off his latest rant by alluding to the slap he placed on Mayweather’s head during the fierce press conferences that preceded their bout.
“Whatever way you spin this, it’s sad,” he said. “Fight someone for real, on your record, or f*ck off, mate. Slap head.”
Paul responded “gotcha hat” – the words he said to Mayweather as he swiped his cap, and which he has already turned into branding for merchandise in a logo that he seems certain to endlessly trot out over forthcoming months.
The loudmouth took to social media to show fans that he has already had the cringeworthy catchphrase tattooed on his arm, while others backing McGregor in comments on his post included UFC hall-of-famer Urijah Faber and Dillon Danis, one of the Irishman’s teammates.
“They should thank for you for even posting this,” said the man known for his explosive part in the aftermath to McGregor’s defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov, responding to his idol in typically sycophantic style.