Mayweather on Paul: ‘He was strong, tough and better than I thought he was’

Floyd Mayweather and social media sensation Logan “The Maverick” Paul fought to the distance in their eight-round special exhibition bout Sunday night that headlined a SHOWTIME PPV from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Not much drama in this fight, but hey, it probably does not matter when you’re as famous as Mayweather and Paul. 

Despite Paul’s lack of experienced, Mayweather was impressed by what he saw out of the Youtube star. 

“He was strong, tough, and better than I thought he was,” said Mayweather. “I was surprised by him tonight. That was some good little work.”

The 44-year-old Mayweather displayed his typical patient and clinical boxing style, feeling out Paul in the opening round before allowing Paul to come forward with a flurry of power shots at the end of the round that was mostly blocked. Mayweather began to find a spot to land numerous power shots on Paul’s head and body as the fight wore on.

At times, Paul used his over 30-pound weight advantage to frequently tie Mayweather up, which also impressed Mayweather.

“Even without much experience, he knew to use his weight to tie me up tonight,” said Mayweather.

After the fight, the fighters expressed gratitude and inspiration to the fans who have helped them reach the tremendous heights that allowed this match to become a reality.

“I had fun tonight,” said Mayweather. “I thank all the fans who came out; you’re all unbelievable.”

“I don’t want anyone to tell me anything is impossible ever again,” said Paul. “The fact that I got in here with one of the greatest boxers of all time, it proves the odds can be beat. Anyone can beat the odds and do great things in life. This is one of the greatest nights of my life; I’m happy.”

This was easy money for Mayweather, and if the easy money is out there, why not try to get it again, so don’t be surprised if we see more of Mayweather in these exhibition bouts.

Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME