The Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul card didn’t completely disappoint
In what was truly a boxing spectacle, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul card showcased several entertaining fights.
Updated: June 7, 2021 • 12:15 AM ET
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When you pay money for anything in life, you hope it’s worth it. The Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul boxing exhibition on Sunday night may or may not have been worth the $49.99 viewers coughed up to see it, but the spectacle didn’t completely disappoint.
There were several entertaining fights on the card, starting with former NFL wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson making his in-ring debut against former MMA fighter Brian Maxwell in a four-round exhibition. You never know what to expect when athletes from other sports step into a boxing ring to test their skills, but Johnson and Maxwell actually showed some signs that they put in some training before the bout.
To the surprise of many, Johnson landed several impressive shots early in the fight and may have won a few rounds if there were judges. In the fourth and final round, however, Maxwell landed a sweeping right hook that dropped Johnson to the canvas with a little less than a minute remaining in the fight. Johnson quickly got to his feet and lasted until the final bell rang, earning a measure of respect for stepping into the ring and taking the occasion seriously.
From there, the card moved to actual boxers, as former unified super welterweight world champion Jarrett Hurd and Luis Arias put on one helluva display in a slippery ring due to rain. Arias was a heavy underdog entering the fight, but he brawled his way to a shocking split-decision victory over the former champion. A controversial knockdown was called against Arias in the ninth round that was clearly a slip on the wet canvas, but he did enough in the fight to win impressively.
Next up was a matchup featuring former two-weight world champion Badou Jack and underdog Dervin Colina. Jack didn’t let a second underdog secure a victory Sunday night, dropping Colina three times in the fourth round to end the fight. Jack’s quick work set up the main event, featuring one of the best boxers of all time against a YouTube star that has worked his way to getting a fight with an undefeated former champion.
Mayweather was clearly the more experienced and better fighter, but Paul didn’t embarrass himself against the former champion. Sure, Mayweather is 44 years old and Paul had a significant height, weight and reach advantage, but Mayweather was unable to even knock Paul down in eight rounds. Paul may have even won a few rounds, as Mayweather didn’t do much early. Mayweather, though, didn’t seem to take the fight too seriously, stalking Paul around the ring but not throwing many punches. Surprisingly, Paul actually made it to the final bell with the fight going all eight rounds.
Whether Mayweather’s legacy took a hit with this fight is up for debate. Sure, he didn’t seem to take the fight seriously, but he couldn’t even knockdown a YouTube star that has never won a boxing match in his life.
Paul was severely exhausted in the fight, and boxing fans may have been the same after a night of interesting fights.
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