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MIAMI GARDENS, Florida – Floyd Mayweather Jr. outclassed YouTube personality Logan Paul, but couldn’t stop him.
Mayweather and Paul boxed an eight-round exhibition at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday night. Since the fight was not scored, no winner was declared.
Mayweather, 44, used the wrestling skills that led him to world titles in five divisions and a 50-0 career record to frustrate Paul with solid leadership and counter-shots.
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“You have to realize that I’m not 21 anymore, but it’s good,” Mayweather said in the ring. “It’s better than I thought. Nice little job. Tonight was a fun night.”
Mayweather, who won titles in the super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight divisions, has said he will not be returning to competitive boxing. Instead, he will continue to tap into the pay-per-view market with exhibitions like his event with Paul.
Post-fight punch stats showed Mayweather comfortably ahead on both total and power shots.
After the fight, Paul celebrated the achievement of breaking the distance against Mayweather.
“Shoot, man, I don’t want anyone telling me anything is impossible ever again,” Paul said. “Coming in here with one of the greatest boxers of all time proves the odds are there.
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Paul weighed 189 pounds for the show and tried to take advantage of his 34 pound advantage by leaning on the shorter Mayweather. But Paul’s lack of boxing skills left him open to Mayweather’s short left hooks on the head and right on the body.
“He used his weight and tried to tie me up,” Mayweather said.
Previously, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson boxed a four-round exhibition against multi-combat sports veteran Brian Maxwell. As with the Mayweather-Paul show, there was no scoring, but Johnson avoided a knockout loss after being hit on the head in the final round with a total right.
Johnson survived the rest of the round in his first boxing match. The 43-year-old Johnson hit with a solid header in the first minute of the fight and landed combinations to the head in the second half. But in the minute break before the fourth lap, Johnson was breathing hard and put his arms on the ropes.
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“That was fun, I lost my virginity tonight,” said Johnson of his first boxing experience. “This is one for my bucket list. My life has always been a risk.”
Luis Arias won a split decision over former super welterweight champion Jarrett Hurd and former super middleweight title holder Badou Jack stopped Dervin Colina in the fourth round.