“It was the coolest thing ever,” mentioned YouTuber Logan Paul after going the distance with unbeaten former five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather.
Their eight-round exhibition bout at Miami’s Hard Rock stadium didn’t have a winner – there have been no judges at ringside and the struggle didn’t rely for both fighter’s document.
Mayweather dominated the pay-per-view occasion, with out touchdown a knockout blow.
“Just going the distance was a win for him,” Mayweather mentioned.
“When the money comes, we will see who the winner is,” he added.
The 44-year-old mentioned he expects to make $50m (£35m) from the occasion and even referred to the exhibition as “legalised bank robbery”.
Many in boxing had criticised the spectacle earlier than a punch had been thrown. But there was definitely an urge for food for it – not solely from curious struggle followers, however from a few of Paul’s 23 million YouTube followers.
Mexican boxing celebrity Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez appeared to offer his ideas to his personal Twitter followers throughout the struggle.
There was a suggestion the demand might need overwhelmed the servers of Showtime, the service that streamed the struggle, with some customers complaining they had been unable to view it.
What they might have seen was an skilled campaigner in Mayweather – unbeaten in 50 fights and reckoned to be considered one of the best boxers of all time – hand out a lesson to a person 18 years his junior, 16kg heavier and 6 inches taller.
There was loads of grappling in the center rounds, however Paul confirmed his capability to take punishment – and forestall Mayweather ending the contest early.
Paul’s solely different fights had been in opposition to one other YouTube character, KSI.
But Mayweather later admitted that he had underestimated Paul, calling him “a great young fighter, strong, tough” and saying “he’s better than I thought he was”.
“He’s a tough competitor, I’m surprised by him tonight,” he mentioned.
“You got to realise I’m not 21 any more but it’s good to move around with these young guys, test my skills just to have some fun,” Mayweather added, calling the occasion “a fun night”.
Paul was delighted to have gone the distance – even performing a post-fight hand stand in the ring: “The fact I am in here with one of the greatest boxers of all time proves that the odds can be beaten,” he mentioned.
“It’s one of the greatest moments in my life.”
Although he added: “I’m going to go home thinking if he let me survive.”