Logan Paul’s exhibition boxing match against legendary 50-0 fighter Floyd “Money” Mayweather ended in a way you’d never expect. The two boxers each showed their strengths in the ring Sunday night, in spite of their age difference. However, in the end, the only thing that mattered was the final scorecard.
Or, to be precise, the lack of a scorecard. The eight-round exhibition match was unscored, and neither athlete knocked their opponent out. As such, the match was left with no official winner, leaving boxing fans and casual spectators to argue over who had the stronger outing. Of course, the real winners were Paul and Mayweather’s bank accounts: Each man was paid very well for the match.
Logan Paul is a famous YouTube personality who is known for his over-the-top antics and chaotic vlogs. Paul’s brother, Jake, has also turned his viral marketing skills to fight promotion. Since the brothers are both in excellent physical condition and are known for their constant online feuds, a segue into the high-reward world of pay-per-view combat sports seemed natural for them.
Floyd Mayweather, meanwhile, is regarded as one of the finest boxers to ever compete in the sport. Mayweather’s sterling record of 50 wins and zero losses in professional boxing is astonishing and speaks to a blemish-free career. After winning titles in several weight classes, Mayweather retired from professional boxing in 2015 before making a one-fight return against MMA fighter Connor McGregor in 2017. Mayweather himself noted that he wanted to round off his career at a clean 50 wins, instead of leaving it at 49.
The exhibition match between Paul and Mayweather was originally scheduled for February 2021 but was postponed until June 6. On May 6, 2021, two months before the fight, Logan’s brother Jake confronted Mayweather during a press conference and stole the boxer’s hat. This resulted in a brawl in the audience, and the moment went viral and set expectations for the fight to be a serious grudge match.
While the match wasn’t officially scored, boxing analysts pointed out that Mayweather landed more shots on his opponent, while Paul wasn’t able to leverage his height or weight advantage quite as well as his fans had hoped. After the match, Mayweather was complimentary to his opponent, noting “You’ve got to realize I’m not 21 anymore but it’s good,” in the post-fight interview in the ring. “He’s better than I thought he was. Good little work. Tonight was a fun night.”
For Mayweather’s part, this exhibition match does not signal a return to the ring in a professional capacity. However, fans can expect the legendary fighter to continue promoting exhibition matches like this one as long as they’re lucrative.
“Shoot, man, I don’t want anyone to tell me anything is impossible ever again,” Paul remarked after the match. “To get in here with one of the greatest boxers of all time, proves that the odds could be beat.”