It was supposed to be a spectacle when arguably the greatest boxer of the last 30 years faced a YouTuber. It wasn’t terribly entertaining but the YouTuber survived as Logan Paul managed to go all eight rounds with Floyd Mayweather in a special exhibition bout at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
The two fighters combined for only 73 punches landed, with Mayweather landing the majority of the punches while Paul struggled mightily to find his target. Once the larger Paul realized that he wouldn’t be able to catch his target, the 26-year-old decided to tie up Mayweather with a plan to remain on his feet for all eight rounds. It was a moral victory for Paul and he’ll go home richer with the ability to say he went the distance with an undefeated living legend.
“I want anyone to tell me anything is impossible ever again,” Paul said. “The fact I’m in here with the goat means the odds can be beaten. Everyone can beat the odds and do great things. Floyd Mayweather, it was an honor.”
Mayweather retired from boxing in 2017 after defeating MMA superstar Conor McGregor to improve to 50-0. “Money” vowed then to compete only in exhibition bouts moving forward. His fight with Paul was considered a joke by many but the stadium in Miami was full of fans while Showtime’s servers couldn’t handle the demand and crashed throughout the night, much to the dismay to potential viewers.
“I had fun,” Mayweather said. “You gotta realize I’m not 21 anymore. I had fun moving around with these guys. He was better than I thought he was. This was fun.”
Mayweather tried to land a fight-ending shot in the middle rounds but Paul did a great job of tying up the former five-division world champion whenever he drew close. Mayweather continuously marched forward and occasionally stung his opponent with a lead right hand. But there wasn’t much else that Paul could do but do his best to keep Mayweather from blitzing him.
“I’m going to go home thinking if he let me survive. It was the coolest thing ever,” Paul said.
Here’s how it all went down.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul live updates, highlights
Result: If you’re scoring at home, Mayweather won. But since this is an exhibition, no winner was announced and Paul can take home the moral victory. Honestly, they both won as their bank accounts will swell while taking very little damage. Imagine that?
Round 8 (11:34 p.m.): They hold. Mayweather presses, Paul holds again. Good times. Mayweather lands a left hook, Paul holds. More holding. Lots of hugs. All kinds of love. One minute left. Paul is looking like he’s going to survive this thing. Logan Paul is mocking Floyd. He has just gone the distance. Wow.
Round 7 (11:30 p.m.): Paul is throwing inconsequential punches that are doing nothing. This is not aesthetically pleasing. Short right hand jolts Paul. Paul lands a jab. Lots of clinching. It’s not pretty but Paul needs only one round to survive.
Round 6 (11:26 p.m.): Mayweather goes right at Paul. Somehow, it looks like Paul has shrunk a few inches. Or, Mayweather is growing. Paul says something to Mayweather and Mayweather presses aggressively. Paul ties him up. Mayweather attacks the body. Paul is fighting like one of those training dummies in a Street Fighter game that just absorbs punishment. Right hand by Mayweather lands at the end of the sixth round.
Round 5 (11:21 p.m.): You can’t believe this is still going? Yeah, we can’t either. Hard left hand by Mayweather rocks Paul in the fifth. Mayweather shreds him with a combination. Paul retreats and Mayweather is walking him down. Left and and a right. Logan throws, Mayweather moves away and counters. Hard uppercut by Mayweather. Lead right by Mayweather lands. Body shot. Another combination as the round ends. Jake Paul says it’s 3-2. Funny.
Round 4 (11:18 p.m.): Floyd is just beating Logan up with ease. Nothing to see here. Just end it. Paul eats a right hand and hangs on. Logan Paul is in full survival mode.
Round 3 (11:14 p.m.): Paul misses an uppercut that he put his entire soul into. Mayweather closes the distance and Paul ties him up. Mayweather stepping in likes this means he’s ready to crank up the pressure. Mayweather’s pressure is meant to exhaust his opponents. Paul has no idea what to do and eats a lead right hand. Mayweather is ripping Paul’s body now. Paul lands a right hand. Mayweather still coming forward. He’s cracking Paul now. Paul is getting torn up. The third round ends and Paul may not have much time left on his clock before it gets punched out.
Round 2 (11:10 p.m.): Round two begins. Mayweather starts moving forward. Jab to the body by Mayweather. Paul fires a slow combination. Mayweather avoids it. Mayweather with another jab to the body. Paul fires off a three punch combination. He misses. Duh. Not a lot happening. Mayweather just waiting for his opportunity to fire. Paul throws punches but Mayweather isn’t close to being in trouble. End of round 2.
Round 1 (11:05 p.m.): Mayweather giving Paul a bunch of different looks. Paul throws an ultra slow jab. And another ultra slow jab. Oh boy. Paul almost lands a right hand. Paul poses in front of Floyd. Left hook to the body by Mayweather. Logan didn’t like that at all. Paul looks terrible. Mayweather can end this at any time. Paul just missing and then starts winging punches. Mayweather avoids everything. End of the round.
11:02 p.m.: Fighter introductions are done and it’s time to see a fight.
10:57 p.m.: Mayweather finally makes his way to the ring with Moneybagg Yo walking him out. Logan Paul has been in the ring for a good ten minutes waiting.
10:54 p.m.: Migos are performing before Mayweather heads to the ring. Logan Paul was forced to watch an impromptu concert and Mayweather has yet to emerge. He’s making him wait.
10:46 p.m.: First to the ring is Logan Paul. He heads to the ring in a gold robe, arms raised and seemingly having fun. He’s also wearing a gold-plated Pokemon chain. I guess you would too if you were paid tons of money for a fight you shouldn’t be in.
10:40 p.m.: It’s time for the main event! Of course, we have to get the National Anthem before we proceed with the festivities.
Badou Jack puts Dervin Colinal down three times for 4th round TKO
Result: Colinal didn’t have a chance from the opening bell and Jack ravaged him with body punches to close the show in the fourth round. The only offense Colinal got in was a bunch of holding and he paid for it with a two-point deduction. It didn’t matter, though. It was one-way traffic and now we’re heading to the main event.
10:19 p.m.: Colina’s corner is yelling at Colina to stop holding. What does Colina do to start the third? You guessed it: hold. The referee docks Colina another point. This is awfully awful. Jack opens the fourth by putting Colina down with a right hand and then sinks him again with a body punch. Colina hangs on for dear life but is sent to the canvas again by a body shot. It’s over. Thankfully.
10:15 p.m.: Jack wastes little time going after Colina and Colina is doing nothing more but holding on. The referee has had enough and docks Colina a point in the second round. This isn’t a very fun fight.
9:57 p.m.: Logan Paul gives an interestingly calm interview, which makes sense when you are making a ton of money for a fight you really have no business being in. As for Mayweather, he declined to do an interview in his locker room. That probably means he’s going to annihilate Paul and is planning his escape route through the streets of Miami.
9:54 p.m.: Up next is Badou Jack vs. Dervin Colinal. Jack was originally supposed to fight Jean Pascal but Pascal decided to ingest every banned substance known to man and get himself yanked from the fight. Colinal has stepped up on short notice to keep Jack on the card.
Luis Arias upsets Jarrett Hurd with split decision victory
Result: Scores are 97-93, 96-93 and 94-95 for Luis Arias. The split decision is somewhat surprising considering that Arias seemingly outworked Hurd for a majority of the fight. But, in the end, the judges got it right by giving Arias the decision.
9:40 p.m.: The fight is over and appears that Arias is going to pull off a stunning upset over Hurd. Arias finally hurt Hurd with an uppercut in the 10th. Hurd survives after holding on but Arias continued to go to work until the final bell. Unless the judges give Hurd a gift, Arias is leaving with the biggest win of his career under abnormal circumstances.
9:35 p.m.: Let’s add to the goofiness of this show. The rain soaks the canvas and Arias slips in the beginning of the 9th round. The ring crew attempts to dry the canvas and they resume action. Arias slips again as Hurd throws a punch and the referee calls it a…knockdown? Yup. This is ridiculous. Arias has fought a hell of a fight so hopefully this doesn’t cost him because he’s been giving Hurd all he’s got.
9:28 p.m.: Hurd stuns Arias in the 6th round and seems to be building momentum but a pair of low blows in the 7th put a halt to all of that. Arias is slowing down but Hurd hasn’t exactly taken advantage. Oh, it appears the Showtime app is working again. Fans have only missed 90 minutes of a $49.99 pay per view. Oops.
9:19 p.m.: Arias is fighting at a ridiculous pace right now and Hurd hasn’t found a way to keep him off of him. Arias just can’t miss with his right hand while Hurd tries to go to the body to slow him down. He does so briefly but it just hasn’t been enough. It’s possible that Hurd is down big heading into the 6th round.
9:12 p.m.: Arias has been giving Hurd hell through three rounds. Hurd is a notoriously slow starter but Arias is landing some huge right hands. Hurd is going to have to pick up the pace soon or else he might find himself on the wrong end of an upset.
9:03 p.m.: Rain has come to join the party in Miami and it’s coming down hard. Combined with the wind and the canvas has turned into a giant slip and slide. Luis Arias nearly slipped seconds into the 2nd round and the action needed to be stopped while the ring crew attempted to dry off the canvas. Yup, it’s that kind of night. Oh, now the clock isn’t working. This is incredible.
8:50 p.m.: Arias heads to the ring first. He started his career 18-0 (1 No Contest) and then went 0-2-1. He hasn’t won a fight since 2017 and suffered losses against Daniel Jacobs and Luke Keller, while going to a draw against Gabe Rosado. Can he get back on track? Hurd follows and looks to get back to his championship ways. The former WBA (Super) and IBF junior middleweight champion lost his titles in a stunning loss to Julian Williams in 2019. He bounced back with a decision victory over Francisco Santana in January 2020 and aims to turn back Arias and challenge for a world title again.
8:43 p.m.: Well, that was fun. Johnson didn’t totally embarrass himself, so that’s a win.Up next is a real fight as former champion Jarrett Hurd faces Luis Arias in junior middleweight action.
Chad Johnson survives knockdown and doesn’t look terrible in boxing debut
8:35 p.m.: Johnson looked good in the fourth round until he ate a massive right hand by Maxwell that put him on the canvas. Johnson was hurt so bad that he jumped up and attempted to give his opponent a fist bump. He clearly was discombobulated but survived the final 30 seconds and the fight. There are no official scores but Johnson can be happy that he had his first fight.
8:31 p.m.: We finally have a visual! Chad Johnson is in the 3rd round against Brian Maxwell and it appears that Johnson is not necessarily terrible. Both he and Maxwell are swinging for the fences.
8:23 p.m.: Apparently, Chad Johnson is on his way to the ring. But we can’t tell because the Showtime app still isn’t working and there are a whole lot of people upset that they can’t see Johnson’s boxing debut. We think.
8:12 p.m.: Nearly 15 minutes into the broadcast and servers are still down across Fanmio and Showtime. We should have seen this coming because the boxing gods must not be happy that this event is taking place.
8:04 p.m.: Let the ridiculousness begin! Oh, wait. The Showtime servers have crashed. Perhaps due to the overwhelming demand? We’re not off to a good start.
Mayweather vs. Paul fight start time
- PPV start time: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
- Mayweather-Paul main event: Midnight ET/9 p.m. PT
The Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul boxing card will take place Sunday, June 6. The pay-per-view broadcast on Showtime starts at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). Expect Mayweather and Paul to make their ring walks around midnight ET.
How to watch Mayweather vs. Paul
- PPV: Showtime (U.S.), Fanmio (U.S. and international)
- PPV cost: $49.99
The Mayweather vs. Paul fight is a Showtime event that is available via pay-per-view through many cable and satellite providers; check with your local provider for more information.
In addition to traditional cable and satellite services, the Mayweather vs. Paul fight can be streamed via sho.com in the U.S. while Fanmio will carry the rights to the PPV in the U.S. and internationally.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul fight card
- Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul
- Badou Jack def. Dervin Colinal via 4th round TKO (2:57)
- Luis Arias def. Jarrett Hurd via split decision (97-93, 96-93 & 94-95)
- Chad Johnson and Brian Maxwell go the distance (no official decision)
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