Floyd Mayweather demolished YouTube personality Logan Paul in an eight-round exhibition battle in Miami on Sunday night, before conceding it could have been his final bout.
Mayweather, who weighed 155 pounds compared to his opponent’s 189.5 pounds, put on a slick display to the pleasure of the spectators at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida.
The 44-year-old Mayweather’s first performance since defeating Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in December 2018 was not hampered by intermittent rain throughout the evening.
The 26-year-old Paul lasted eight rounds against Mayweather, who barely broke a sweat, with former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield watching from ringside.
Because this was an exhibition rather than a sanctioned fight, there were no judges, and the only way to win was to halt or knock out the opponent within the eight three-minute rounds.
Mayweather later claimed that this was his final performance, adding, “I wanted to put on a show for the public, and he was fighting for his life.”
“This was like a training session, really. Just going the distance was a win for him. He can grapple and was good at holding. When a guy that size is holding you, it’s hard to get him off you. If they are happy with grappling and holding for eight rounds, that’s good for them,” he said.
“I had fun, he did too. It was cool. When the money comes, we will see who the winner is.
“Will I make a comeback? Absolutely not. I have retired from the sport of boxing. I probably won’t do an exhibition again either.”
Paul, who used his extra weight to try to wear out Mayweather, did well to last eight rounds and had some mild success, but his opponent’s experience and boxing know-how were too much for him.
“I am going into the Hall of Fame, I have nothing to prove,” said Mayweather.
“I hope the fans were pleased. I have been in this sport for so long, I was letting people see I can come out at the age of 44 and bring almost 30,000 to the stadium and bring good pay-per-view numbers.
“I am not going to perform like I was 19, it’s all about growth and aging. I can’t fight like when I fought people like Gatti and people like that. It’s sad Manny Pacquiao is coming out to fight again.
“I could have pressed really hard but it was fun. His whole goal was to survive and that was a win for him. If he’s happy, so be it. In the history books, I will always be the greatest.
“If he would have fought more, it wouldn’t have lasted eight rounds.”
Paul enjoyed being in the ring with one of the best of all time, even if he was on the wrong end of too many heavy shots.
“He was slower than I thought, father time is catching up with him perhaps,” said Paul.
“I knew if it went the distance I won technically but I hit him with a good shot in the first round but surviving against Floyd Mayweather is something and I am happy.”
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