Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul fight results, highlights: 'Money' impresses as exhibition goes the distance
The retired pound-for-pound great wasn't able to finish his much larger opponent, but he was crisp throughout the eight-round affair
It was known heading into the Showtime pay-per-view fight between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul that no winner would be announced if the exhibition went the distance. That likely won't take anything away from Paul, who can claim something of a moral victory after managing to last all eight rounds with one of the greatest boxers of all time on Sunday night inside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Mayweather was clearly the better fighter, as was expected, but Paul utilized his huge height and weight advantage to lean on Mayweather and avoid taking more than one or two clean shots at a time from the former multi-division world champion.
"I had fun," Mayweather said after the fight. "You've got to realize, I'm not 21 anymore but it's good to move around with these guys."
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Mayweather was highly cautious early, looking to figure out what Paul brought to the ring and also attempting to avoid taking any clean shots from the YouTube star. Paul entered the ring well over 30 pounds bigger and with a six-inch reach advantage.
After playing almost exclusively defense in the second round, Mayweather finally turned up the offense in the third, opening up with some clean left hooks that rocked Paul's head back and mixing in the occasional overhand right.
Despite "Money" starting to find space to land clean shots, whenever Mayweather would seem to get his offense on track, Paul would clinch, smother and lean, making Mayweather carry his weight.
"He's better than I thought he was," Mayweather said. "As far as with the big guys, the heavyweights? It's going to be hard. But he's a tough, rough competitor."
Paul appeared to fatigue down the stretch, losing what snap he had on his punches to open the contest and pouring sweat as he flicked out jabs that Mayweather was mostly able to easily avoid while the boxing icon picked spots to land scoring blows.
Despite what would have been a clear loss had judges been in attendance, Paul was elated after going the distance.
"Shit, man, I don't want anyone to tell me anything is impossible ever again," Paul said. "The fact that I'm in here with one of the greatest boxers of all time proves the odds can be beat."
The fight drew boos from the crowd at times, with those in attendance wanting a definitive finish via knockout, but that level of action never came and neither man appeared seriously hurt at any point in the clash.
Paul seemed to share some of the questions the fans had with how seriously Mayweather was approaching the battle.
"I mean, you never know with this guy," Paul said. "I'm going to go home thinking, 'Did Floyd let me survive?' It's an honor to grace the ring with him. This is the coolest thing ever."
Mayweather, 44, noted afterwards that he is definitely not going to fight professionally again and "probably" not going to have another exhibition.
"Your kids can't eat legacy. They can eat off the currency. I believe in building generational wealth. That's what's important to me," Mayweather said.
"This may be the last time we see him in the ring. Whether you liked the exhibition or not, whether you agree with it or not, give this man his flowers today," Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza said after the fight.
Elsewhere on the card, Badou Jack scored a fourth-round knockout over Dervin Colina in a light heavyweight contest as the co-main event. Jack overwhelmed the native of Venezuela, who was making his U.S. debut on short notice after Jean Pascal was forced to withdraw from action because of four positive tests for banned substances. Jack is hoping the win can get him back in contention at 175 pounds or perhaps move up to cruiserweight.
Plus, former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson had a mostly successful debut in his own exhibition bout against Brian Maxwell. Johnson, who had never fought in any official capacity before this, went the four-round distance with Maxwell, who has yet to pick up a win in either MMA or Bare Knuckle boxing. Maxwell dropped Johnson with a right hook in Round 3, but Johnson responded well and was able to get to his feet and survive the round. Johnson was incredibly excited after the fact that he was able to compete again.
CBS Sports was with you throughout the entire way on Sunday, so be sure to follow along with the live results and highlights below.
Fight card, results
- Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul ends in a draw (contracted exhibition)
- Badou Jack def. Dervin Colina via fourth-round knockout
- Luis Arias def. Jarrett Hurd via split decision (94-95, 97-93, 96-93)
- Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell ends in a draw (contracted exhibition)
Mayweather vs. Paul unofficial scorecard, live coverage
There will be no winner announced, and with no knockout, that's it for the fight. A "victory" for Floyd if you bothered to score the fight but a moral victory for Paul for surviving all eight rounds with an all-time great.
43-28 punches landed advantage for Mayweather.
Mayweather missed with a hook and landed one moments later. Paul posed in the ring, pointing out to Mayweather that he went the distance. If you're looking for another round to give Paul, that may be the one. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Mayweather (79-74 Mayweather)
Mayweather engaged the clinch and Paul pushed him into the corner and yelled to the crowd with one minute left.
Mayweather landed a left hand and Paul threw a few return shots in the clinch before they were broken up again.
Paul landed a left hook and they ended up back in the clinch, drawing boos from the fans.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul -- Round 8: Paul's corner encouraged him to survive the final three minutes, seemingly happy with a moral victory.
Mayweather landed one final left hand before the end of the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Mayweather (69-64)
Mayweather seemed frustrated with the clinching and started to measure for a big shot, stalking Paul around the right before Paul landed a jab.
Paul almost landed a left hand and Mayweather landed a straight to the body. Mayweather pushed Pual into the corner and shoved his face.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul -- Round 7: Paul immediately clinched and pushed Mayweather to the ropes before backing away all the way across the ring. A clubbing right from Paul almost landed, though it wasn't a legal shot.
Mayweather landed a left hook and then a right hand. Paul missed with a winging right hand and the round ended with another clinch break. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Mayweather (59-55)
Paul landed an uppercut and Mayweather dug to the body. The clinch continued to factor in as Paul smiled at Mayweather.
Paul landed a jab and a right hand before clinching up, seemingly in survival mode. Mayweather and Paul jawed at each other briefly before clinching again.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul -- Round 6: Paul tried to work the ab, having little left beyond the left hand it seemed when Mayweather cracked with a left to the body.
Paul circled away to end the round and it's another clear one for Mayweather. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Mayweather (49-46)
Mayweather cracked with another overhand right that landed cleanly before a big leaping left hook tat also connected clean.
Mayweather connected with a clean right hand and Paul began to look extremely shaky as he took an uppercut, taking the shots well but clearly tiring badly.
Mayweather landed a right cross that hit clean and Paul found himself backed into the ropes where he ate a right hand and a left hook.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul -- Round 5: Paul threw several jabs that missed as Mayweather slipped and dodged. Paul landed a right, but Mayweather landed one of his own before a big left hook.
Paul tried to work the jab to keep Mayweather away, but Paul's fatigue was encouraging Mayweather to continue pressing in to land better shots. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Mayweather (39-37)
Mayweather sized up Paul and cracked with a heavy right hand as Paul continued to look as though he was fatiguing.