YouTube star-turned-prizefighter Logan Paul has received praise from legendary boxer, Floyd Mayweather after going all eight rounds in their grudge fight on Sunday night.
The entertaining exhibition boxing match was held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, weeks after Logan Paul challenged Mayweather to come out of retirement for one fight.
Milton Lacroix who coached Paul for the fight told ESPN last month that success in this fight for Paul would be going the whole way. And that’s what Paul did.
“He’s better than I thought he was,” Mayweather said of Paul. “… I was surprised by him tonight. Good work. Good little guy.”
ESPN scored the bout 78-74 for Mayweather. He landed 43 total punches to Paul’s 28, per CompuBox. Of those 43 punches for Mayweather, 36 were power shots. Paul landed 21 power shots. Mayweather landed 17 shots to the body compared to just one body shot for Paul.
“I don’t want anyone to tell me anything is impossible ever again,” Paul said to ESPN at the end of the game. “The fact that I’m in here with one of the best boxers of all times proves the odds can be beat.”
ESPN scored the bout 78-74 for Mayweather but the result will not go on either man’s professional record because the Florida State Boxing Commission did not officially sanction the fight due to the large disparity in size and experience level.