Leonard Ellerbe Reflects On Floyd Mayweather Vs. Canelo Alvarez: “Probably Floyd’s Easiest Fight Ever”
By: Hans Themistode
For much of Floyd Mayweather’s career, the flamboyant and loquacious multiple division titlist was viewed as untouchable in the ring.
Having beaten over 20 former world champions during his time as an active fighter, Mayweather has graced the squared circle against some of the sport’s all-time best. That list includes the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, and Manny Pacquiao. Amongst those aforementioned names, Alvarez, while still pegged as an underdog, was viewed as a significant threat to sully the record of Mayweather.
Regardless of those thoughts, Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, actually believes that the current pound-for-pound star provided the least amount of resistance.
“Probably Floyd’s easiest fight ever,” said Ellerbe on his social media account.
Originally, Mayweather and Alvarez squared off in 2013. Despite having youth and size on his side, Mayweather easily outboxed the Mexican star on the night. Since then, the careers of both men have gone in opposite directions.
Eight years following their showdown, Mayweather has long since retired from the sport, hanging up his gloves for good in 2017 following a 10th round stoppage win against Conor McGregor. Mayweather then carried his 50-0 professional record to the boxing Hall of Fame where he was officially named a member of the 2021 class.
Alvarez, on the other hand, seemingly has plenty more years under his belt before he walks away from the sport. Currently, the multiple division titlist is attempting to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time as he prepares to take on IBF titlist Caleb Plant on November 6th.
By and large, Alvarez is currently considered the best fighter in the sport, regardless of weight classes. In a recent interview, Alvarez, when broached with the question, revealed that if he fought Mayweather while in his prime, he would score the knockout win.
Those sentiments by Alvarez, have become sparked an ongoing debate centering around who would’ve won had Alvarez not faced Mayweather at such a young age. But while the youth of Alvarez is mostly viewed as an impediment to his success all those years ago against Mayweather, Ellerbe simply doesn’t want to hear it.
“Haters will say he had zero experience. Floyd was 36 at the time and Canelo was 23, with a 42-0 record, and outweighed Floyd by 20+ on fight night. They say anything to downplay his greatness.”
Oscar De La Hoya No Longer Interested In Canelo Alvarez: “I Changed My Mind, I’d Rather Call Out Floyd Mayweather Or Felix Trinidad”
By: Hans Themistode
Oscar De La Hoya was very much serious when he announced that he wanted to return to the boxing ring several months ago. The former six-division world champion showed off his older but still shredded physique during a recent workout to promote his showdown against former UFC champion, Vitor Belfort.
The two are set to clash in just a few short weeks on September 11th, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. While De La Hoya has failed to step foot inside a ring since being handed a one-sided beating against Manny Pacquiao over a decade ago, the 48-year-old has expressed confidence in his current comeback.
Initially, De La Hoya had much more ambitious plans. Should he pick up the win against Belfort and another against a yet to be determined opponent, De La Hoya revealed that a showdown against pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez was on his agenda. Yet, after carefully considering his options, De La Hoya is now targeting a pair of former champions much closer to his age bracket.
“I changed my mind,” said De La Hoya to FightHype.com when asked if he still wanted to face Alvarez. “Not because he’ll knock me out. It’s just, I thought it over and I’d actually rather call out, after I do two [comeback fights], Floyd Mayweather or Felix Trinidad.”
De La Hoya, of course, has plenty of experience in facing both men. In 2007, De La Hoya took on Mayweather with his WBC 154 pound title on the line. Although De La Hoya had his moments, Mayweather proved to be far too elusive as he won a close split decision.
Eight years prior, a prime, undefeated De La Hoya attempted to unify his WBC 147 pound title with the IBF trinket of Trinidad. Early on, De La Hoya had little to no trouble dealing with the hard-hitting Hall of Famer. However, a deleterious shot from Trinidad zapped the confidence of De La Hoya during the latter rounds and forced him to box a much more cautious fight.
His reluctance to engage ultimately led to his defeat. Since then, De La Hoya has always looked back on his loss against Trinidad with regret, wishing he had done more in the later stages.
Now, if things go according to plan, it appears as though he’ll attempt to make things right against either Trinidad or Mayweather.
DeJuan Blake, Cousin And Cornerman Of Floyd Mayweather, Believes He Didn’t Want To “Hurt” Logan Paul
By: Hans Themistode
Rich, great boxer, icon, money-hungry, extravagant, boring, and flamboyant are some of the words, whether fair or not, that have been used to describe Floyd Mayweather. One word that has seldom, if ever, been used to describe the Hall of Famer, however, is compassionate.
Yet, according to DeJuan Blake, cousin and cornerman of Mayweather, compassionate is the perfect way to describe the retired undefeated fighter.
Recently, Mayweather became enticed with the idea of facing former YouTuber turned de-facto boxer, Logan Paul. After hammering out a deal, the two would face off in an eight-round exhibition contest on June 6th, earlier this year at the Hard Rock Casino in Miami Florida. In an effort to prove that size was of no importance, Mayweather, who was already facing a four-inch height and reach disadvantage, willingly allowed Paul to outweigh him by 35 pounds on the official day of the weigh-in. On the night of the fight, with no hydration clause, Paul seemingly outweighed Mayweather by over 50 pounds.
Despite everything pointing in Paul’s favor from a physical standpoint, many were expecting the former five-division world champion to stop his man. To the surprise of many, Mayweather vs. Paul went the full eight-round distance. While some have lauded Paul for his ability to hang in there with arguably the greatest fighter of his generation, Blake has revealed that Paul was only able to accomplish that feat due to Mayweather showing him mercy.
“It’s an exhibition like Floyd said,” explained Blake during an interview with The Sun. “He’s not a boxer, why would he want him to get hurt and not be able to go home and talk to his family? One punch could change the game, why would he want to hurt him like that?”
As a muscular Paul stood towering over a much smaller Mayweather, the undefeated five-division titlist appeared unafraid of what his opponent threw in his direction. For most of their exhibition showdown, a normally defensive Mayweather pushed the pedal to the metal and seemingly attempted to inflict serious harm. Nonetheless, no matter how many times Mayweather landed a concussive shot, Paul would lean in and use his large frame to grab and hold his much smaller opponent.
In the end, Mayweather believed that if he truly wanted to, he could have found the game-ending blow.
“I mean, I could’ve,” said Mayweather when asked if he could have stopped Paul shortly after their exhibition. “I could’ve pressed real, real hard and started throwing crazy combinations but I had fun tonight.”
In spite of the fun and games, Mayweather had plenty of heated moments between both Logan Paul and his brother Jake. The two would continually warn Mayweather that his undefeated streak would be coming to an end. In addition to that, Logan went as far as to say that he would successfully knock Mayweather out.
Regardless of the constant back and forth sparring on the microphone, Blake believes that Mayweather was tenderhearted due to the constant dangers any fighter faces when entering the ring.
“A lot of people said, you should knock him out for all the sh*t he’s talking. But at the end of the day, Floyd loves the sport that he’s been involved in, but he also hates what comes with the damage that comes after the sport is over.”
Manny Pacquiao: “I Don’t Think He (Floyd Mayweather) Can Give Errol Spence Advice”
By: Hans Themistode
Floyd Mayweather figured them all out.
No matter the name, the newly inducted Hall of Famer analyzed what was in front of him on fight night, and found a way to unlock the puzzle they presented to him. Amongst the long list of fighters that Mayweather ultimately defeated during his 50-0 career, was none other than Manny Pacquiao.
With the 42-year-old now scheduled to take on unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on August 21st, Mayweather has openly admitted that he is rooting against his long-time rival. In fact, Mayweather has gone as far as to say that he’ll be reaching out to Spence Jr. in the coming weeks to offer him advice.
Upon hearing the news, Pacquiao couldn’t control himself from laughing. While he respects Mayweather as a great fighter, he doesn’t believe there’s anything he can teach Spence Jr. at this stage.
“I don’t think he can give Errol Spence advice about technique,” said Pacquiao to several reporters. “Errol Spence is younger and he knows what he’s doing.”
During their 2015 showdown, Mayweather boxed a cautious fight against Pacquiao. Although there were several dull moments throughout, Mayweather successfully disarmed his man throughout 12 rounds. With that said, Pacquiao had his moments. In round four, the Philippine native avoided a right hand of Mayweather and landed a straight left of his own. From there, he unloaded with a barrage of punches, most of which were blocked.
Those moments of action, however, came few and far between as Mayweather picked his shots and banked rounds all night long. While it wasn’t viewed as the most exciting fight, Mayweather got the results he was looking for, a unanimous decision victory.
In the case of Spence Jr., Pacquiao is expecting a much different fight. The powerful southpaw is known for breaking his opponents down until he scores the violent stoppage win. In his most recent ring appearance, Spence Jr. relentlessly attacked former two-division champion, Danny Garcia. While he didn’t get the knockout victory, Spence Jr. dominated his man over the course of 12 rounds.
Pacquiao has taken the time to look closely at both men. On one end, Spence Jr. presents all-out action. On the other, he views Mayweather as not always fan-pleasing but highly effective. With the massive difference in their styles, Pacquiao simply doesn’t believe that Mayweather’s level of expertise is pertinent.
“He’s an aggressive fighter. That’s the kind of fight that the people want. He (Floyd Mayweather) can’t help.”
Tyron Woodley Shares His Experience Of Training With Floyd Mayweather As He Prepares For Jake Paul Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
When former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley first revealed that he would be taking on Jake Paul, many believed that he would simply become another victim of the social media star.
Whether anyone likes it or not, Paul is currently riding a three-fight win streak in the boxing ring and is fresh off scoring the biggest victory of his career when he stopped former MMA star Ben Askren in the first round of their contest which took place this past April. Although Woodley is considered far and away the best fighter Paul has ever faced, he’ll still faces several disadvantages come fight night.
Besides Paul holding a four-inch height and two-inch reach advantage, at the age of 39, Woodley is getting a bit long in the tooth. Still, regardless of the dust piling up on his birth certificate, Woodley has expressed an enormous amount of hubris for their upcoming August showdown.
Once word spread of Woodley stepping out of the mixed martial arts cage and into the squared circle, many have questioned whether or not he’ll be familiar with the confines of his new fighting home.
Offering to be the panacea to Woodley as he transitions, is newly inducted Hall of Famer, Floyd Mayweather. At first, upon hearing that Mayweather was interested in training him, Woodley took his words as somewhat tongue and cheek. However, after spending his first training session with Mayweather just yesterday, Woodley was somewhat surprised with the level of intensity.
“I didn’t know if it was just because he was so disrespected by Jake or if he really wanted to help me,” said Woodley as he spoke on Mayweather’s run in with Jake Paul several months ago during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He came in yesterday and we trained yesterday and he really wants to help me. I wasn’t prepared to be honest because I just did a crazy workout before and I didn’t know we were going to work out. I didn’t know if we were just going to go over a couple things, show me a couple moves and just for some cameras and photo ops like nah, we really trained.”
While Woodley refrained from spilling the beans on what strategy Mayweather told him to use, the former UFC champion did go into detail about what their first training session was like.
“For one, I shadowboxed for nearly an hour. Just watching my footwork, motion and details. It don’t sound like much but I dare somebody to shadowbox for ten minutes then come holla at me. Your calves are going to burn in a whole different way. After that he said, I want you to jump on the bag. He said give me that UFC power.”
Mayweather, 44, has become very familiar with the entire Paul family. Less than a month ago, Mayweather took on Jake’s older brother, Logan, in an eight-round exhibition. As agreed upon, no winner was announced after their contest but from the outside looking in, Mayweather appeared to get the better of Logan several times over, despite giving up approximately 50 pounds in weight.
With the former five-division world champion officially hanging up his gloves in 2017, Mayweather has stated several times over that he will never return to the ring for a professional fight. Instead, Mayweather has placed his focus on promoting, as he currently has one of boxing’s youngest stars in Gervonta Davis in his fighting stable. Outside of promoting, Mayweather has also turned to coaching. By the sound of it, Woodley is enjoying the motivational push he’s receiving from one of the greatest fighters of all time.
“He was just pushing me, saying hey you the fighter, you the best, you the champion. You the mother f*cker he worried about, he ain’t no fighter, walk him down, punish him. He’s a real coach.”
Floyd Mayweather On The Future Of Gervonta Davis: “We Keep Everything In House, We’re Not Gonna Go Make Another Company Great, We’ve Got Plenty Of Fighters”
By: Hans Themistode
Gervonta Davis did exactly what many were expecting.
Despite giving up several inches in height, reach and weight, Davis was still the prohibited favorite against Mario Barrios this past weekend at State Farm Arena, in Atlanta Georgia. Davis dropped Barrios three times before ultimately stopping him in the 11th to strip away his WBA “Regular” super lightweight world title.
Like always, the immediate question for Davis was what’s next? With the Baltimore native holding world titles at 130, 135 and 140 simultaneously – there is a long list of fighters that he could face in his next trip to the ring. At 130 pounds, the likes of Shakur Stevenson and Oscar Valdez would have openly admitted that they would love a showdown against Davis. At 135, Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, and of course – Vasiliy Lomachenko, are all patiently waiting on him.
In terms of his of the possible names he could be up against in his new home of 140 pounds, Josh Taylor, the undisputed world champion at the weight class, has gone back and forth with Davis several times over. Yet, for fans who are craving a matchup between Davis and any of those fighters, they were left highly disappointed as Floyd Mayweather has revealed that future Davis fights will take place against fighters amongst his stable.
“We work smarter not harder,” said Mayweather as he addressed the future of Davis following his win. “Mayweather Promotions, PBC (Premier Boxing Champions), we all one family. We keep everything in house. We’re not gonna go away and make another company great. We’ve got plenty of fighters at 140, 135 and 130. We’re gonna continue to fight the fighters that we’ve got to fight.”
While neither PBC nor Mayweather Promotions possess many of the top names in those weight classes, one fighter that has dared Mayweather to call him out is former 140-pound champion, Regis Prograis. The New Orleans native gave credit to Davis following his win over Barrios but didn’t mince words when describing what would have happened if the two faced off in the ring.
“Good fight Tank, solid opponent but he ain’t me,” said Prograis during a self-recorded video late last night. “I will f*cking knock you out little boy.”
While it’s unclear if Prograis will have his wish granted, there’s a chance he could be next in line. In October of 2020, Prograis took on Mayweather Promotions signed fighter, Juan Heraldez, knocking him out in the third round. Ironically enough, Prograis took care of business on the undercard of Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz. With Mayweather making it clear that he has no intentions of placing Davis in a matchup against anyone outside of his stable, this could make Prograis the frontrunner.
Floyd Mayweather Vs. Oscar De La Hoya? Don’t Count On It Says Leonard Ellerbe: “Zero Interest In Doing That”
By: Hans Themistode
Oscar De La Hoya wasn’t kidding around when he said he wanted to make his return to the boxing ring. After spending several months getting his body back into fighting shape, the former six-division world champion is finally ready to place his skills back on display.
First up, is a September matchup against former UFC champion, Vitor Belfort. Should things go the way he’s expecting, De La Hoya wants to move into the next phase of his master plan.
“I want to make the biggest comeback in boxing history,” said De La Hoya during an interview with Chris Mannix on DAZN. “I want to get two of these fights down under my belt and get the timing ready and everything, and then my third one, I want to call out Floyd Mayweather.”
While De La Hoya’s news may have made sports fans giddy, CEO of Mayweather Promotions in Leonard Ellerbe wasn’t amused in the slightest. As for those who are envisioning the two share the ring one more time, Ellerbe shot down all hopes of that ever happening.
“Absolutely not,” said Ellerbe on The Jake Asman Show on SportsMap Radio. “It’ll never happen. There’s zero interest in doing that.”
Following a 2007 split decision loss at the hands of Mayweather, De La Hoya has always been acrimonious towards him. The “Golden Boy” would end his career one year later as he suffered a one-sided eighth-round stoppage defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao. As for Mayweather, his career would span another decade. Along the way, he picked up win after win before finishing his career with an undefeated record of 50-0.
While the two haven’t crossed paths since, the pair have thrown verbal haymakers at one another through the media over the years. Mayweather, 44, may have hung up his gloves for good in 2017 but as he put it, “I haven’t retired from making money and entertaining the fans.” That entertainment stretched to his most ring outing.
On June 6th, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, Mayweather took on social media star turned de-facto boxer, Logan Paul, in an eight-round exhibition. The prevailing thought process heading in was that Mayweather would easily stop the YouTuber before the final bell. That, however, didn’t occur.
Considering that Mayweather appeared to be a shell of his once dominant self, De La Hoya believes that the newly inducted Hall of Famer now has a chip on his shoulder.
“I think Floyd after that exhibition he did with Logan [Paul], I think he feels like he has to prove something once again inside the boxing ring,” said De La Hoya.
While those around the boxing world have criticized Mayweather for his failure to get his man out of there and appearing a step slower, he laughed all the way to the bank as he recorded over one million pay-per-view buys for his showdown against Paul.
With the numbers that Mayweather vs. Paul accumulated, Ellerbe simply believes that De La Hoya is attempting to piggyback off his success.
“Oscar De La Hoya is just trying to use Floyd’s name to build some buzz about whatever he’s attempting to do and nobody’s really paying him any attention.”
Jake Paul: “My Brother Beat Floyd Mayweather, Wobbled Him”
By: Hans Themistode
At one point, a matchup against Floyd Mayweather was all Jake Paul could talk about. The former social media star turned professional boxer always believed that a showdown between them would do huge box office business. Yet, after watching his older brother, Logan Paul, take on Mayweather this past weekend, Jake doesn’t see the point in facing him anymore.
“That’s old news, my brother already beat him,” said Jake Paul to a group of reporters following his brother’s eight-round exhibition contest against Mayweather. “My brother beat Floyd Mayweather. Let him die off, he’s old. I mean bro, I would fuck him up. He’s getting old, my brother just fucked him up.”
Contrary to what Jake continues to say, there was no official winner when the two faced off this past Sunday night at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida. Their eight-round exhibition was billed as purely an entertainment spectacle as no judges were present during the entire contest.
Still, despite that, Jake cheered for his older brother from his ringside seat and was proud of what he accomplished. While Logan did appear to have success early on, Mayweather began picking him apart during the middle and latter portion of their contest.
Those sentiments, however, would be rebuffed by Jake. Watching his brother’s success was something that didn’t surprise Jake in the slightest. He was, however, taken aback with something else he believes he saw take place.
“Yes,” said Jake when asked if he expected his brother to pull off the win. “I didn’t expect him to wobble him though and to have him hurt in multiple rounds. It wasn’t just one round, it wasn’t just one time, he hurt him multiple times.”
In spite of Jake’s words, at no point did Mayweather seem to be hurt. In fact, it was Logan who on multiple occasions appeared to be on his way to hitting the canvas.
With no official scorecards to go to, Jake claims that not only was he watching their showdown but he was also keeping track with his own scorecards in his head. Following the conclusion of the entire event, Jake revealed exactly how he tallied the scores.
“It was five rounds to three, Logan Paul wins.”
Logan Paul On Floyd Mayweather Conspiracy: “He Didn’t Help Me Up, Just Shut The F*ck Up”
By: Hans Themistode
With Floyd Mayweather considered as one of the greatest fighters of all time and Logan Paul considered as one of the best social media stars in the world, many believed it was virtually impossible for their exhibition to go the full eight-round distance. Yet, that is exactly what happened.
In front of roughly 30,000 fans at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, both Mayweather and Paul went toe to toe. Leading into their matchup, the overwhelming thought process was that there was simply no way Paul would make it to the final bell. However, after doing just that, Paul has considered it a victory of sorts.
As fans have attempted to grasp how in the world Paul lasted 24 minutes with the greatest boxer of his generation, most have concluded that he actually didn’t. During an awkward sequence at the end of one of the earlier rounds, Mayweather landed a hard right hand. From there, Paul then went in to clench. Skeptics of that exact sequence have said that Paul was actually knocked out but held up by Mayweather. Well, according to Paul, that simply wasn’t the case.
“I’m seeing this narrative go around,” said Paul during a self-recorded video. “Where there’s this one part of the fight where Floyd punches me and I kind of leaned on him a little bit and it looks like I kind of went limp. People are trying to spin it and say that he knocked me out and caught me and kept me up to keep the fight going until the eighth round. Shut the f*ck up. Just shut the f*ck up.”
To further back Paul’s claim, Mayweather came out himself and admitted that although he attempted to score the stoppage, the size and weight disparity was a bit more difficult than he anticipated.
“He can grapple,” said Mayweather following their exhibition. “He’s very, very good at holding. When a guy over 200 something pounds is holding you, I’m trying my best. Even though I have a lot of experience but it’s hard to get a heavyweight off you. I fight at welterweight fighting a heavyweight.”
As highlighted by Mayweather, Paul spent long durations of their contest holding and burning the clock. Under normal circumstances, excessive holding would result in the referee taking points away. However, with no official winner announced, there was no opportunity to do so.
In the end, regardless of what most observers believed would happen, Paul simply wants everyone to give him a bit of credit. He may have been outboxed for the vast majority of their contest, but when it’s all said and done, he went the distance with one of the greatest boxers of all time.
“Stop trying to discredit what happened,” continued Paul. “Make no mistake, he got a lot of good punches in. There’s a couple photos where I got f*cked up in a couple shots. I didn’t know my face could make that shape but never rocked, never blacked out, never obviously got knocked out. He didn’t help me up, he tried to take me out and he couldn’t.”
Logan Paul On Floyd Mayweather Exhibition: “I Knew If It Went The Distance I Won, Technically”
By: Hans Themistode
Despite both Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul hyping up their showdown, there was never going to be an official winner. The two faced off in a David vs. Goliath sized exhibition contest at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida this past Sunday night.
Although neither man wore any headgear and despite their continued claims of hurting one another, according to the rules, no winner would officially be announced. Also, there were no judges sitting in their customary ringside position.
Still, regardless of the clear-cut rules, Paul believes that after going the distance against someone with the status of Mayweather, the rules go out the window as he did in fact win after all.
“I knew if it went the distance I won, technically,” said Paul at the post-fight presser. “But that wasn’t the game plan. When you’re fighting a guy like Floyd the legend, you’re kind of relying on him to figure out the game plan and just play off his. I think I got him with a good shot in that first round which threw him off a little bit.”
As previously mentioned by Paul, the social media star did enjoy moments of success early on. After attempting to feel out his man in the opening round, Paul threw caution to the wind and went for it. Having what appeared to be a weight advantage of over 60 pounds, Paul used all of it in the final seconds of the first round. He threw big shots at the retired Hall of Famer and seemed hellbent on getting him out of there before the end of the bell.
While the momentum may have been firmly in his corner, Mayweather quickly snatched it away as he found his rhythm. The speed and slick combinations may have been a touch slower than they were in his prime, but they were more than enough to push Paul back in the next round.
As the larger man began to tire, Mayweather appeared to be as fresh as a daisy. During the latter portion of their contest, Mayweather aimed for the knockout but with Paul continually grabbing and holding, he was unable to land the fight ending shot he was looking for.
Considering that the overwhelming majority believed that Paul would get knocked out in brutal fashion, he has no shame in admitting that simply leaving the ring upright was a victory in itself.
“Surviving against Floyd Mayweather is great.”
Floyd Mayweather: “I’m Not Going To Be Able To Perform Like 20 Years Ago, That’s A Part Of Age But You Age Gracefully”
By: Hans Themistode
Floyd Mayweather sauntered his way to the ring with a large team walking firmly behind him. Once inside, he took off his prefight outfit and stood across the ring from Logan Paul. The two faced off in an eight-round exhibition contest this past Sunday night at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Just before the bell rang, Mayweather appeared to look the same. He was seemingly in great shape and the aura that has surrounded his career felt identical. Yet, once the action began, he looked drastically different. The otherworldly reflexes that allowed him to dip and slide out of the way of his opponent’s punches over the years simply weren’t there.
Known for his timing and defense, Mayweather was a bit off early as the much bigger Paul found small doses of success during the opening round. But, in typical Mayweather fashion, he managed to turn back the clock for short stretches. The newly inducted Hall of Famer would make Paul miss and immediately make pay.
Although he dominated down the stretch, Mayweather failed to score the stoppage or record a knockdown. Following the eight-round spectacle, Mayweather stepped to the post-fight podium smiling but speaking softly. While many were expecting to see the Floyd Mayweather that amassed a spotless record after 50 pro fights, the former five-division world champion simply shook his head and laughed. Though he may look the exact same physically, he acknowledged that the sublime skills he once had have eroded.
“Of course at my age, I’m not going to perform like when I was 19, I’m not supposed to,” said Mayweather during the post-fight presser. “Is my hair going to be all black forever? Absolutely not, when I get older it’s going to turn all grey and I understand that but that’s a part of life. Am I going to be able to fight like I was when I fought Diego Corrales or Arturo Gatti? Absolutely not and I understand that.”
In both of those instances that Mayweather alludes to, he looked spectacular in stopping both men.
For years, Mayweather appeared to be impervious to age. Even at 38, Mayweather looked as good as ever in defeating Manny Pacquiao over the course of 12 rounds in 2015. At no point has he ever looked vulnerable in the ring or a half step slower. With that said, he did last night. But that isn’t to point a critical finger in his direction. After dominating everyone that was placed in front of him over his two-decade-plus career, Father Time has simply tapped Mayweather on the shoulders. And although some of his fans have grown despondent over a fighter who is now a shell of his former great self, Mayweather isn’t interested in looking like a sympathetic figure. He fully accepts and embraces the position he is currently in.
“I’m almost 45 years old, I’m not going to be able to perform like 20 years ago, of course not. That’s a part of age but you age gracefully.”
Floyd Mayweather Vs. Logan Paul: Official Fight Prediction
By: Hans Themistode
It’s somewhat difficult to make a prediction for tonight’s eight-round exhibition contest between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul. Reason being is that technically, there will be no winner.
Later on tonight at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida, the pair headline a pay-per-view card in front of a jam-packed crowd. There will be no judges but knockouts will be allowed. With that said, a winner will not be announced at the end of their showdown.
Still, despite the wacky rules, both men have talked a good game. Paul has towered over the much smaller Mayweather during their fight lead-up and poked fun at his diminutive size. In his mind, he believes he could crush the former five-division champion with the flick of his finger.
Yet, whenever the YouTube star begins warning Mayweather that he’s picked on the wrong person this time, the newly inducted Hall of Famer simply laughs and counts to 50. That number, of course, represents the other men who have said something similar but were forced to eat their words when they realized defeating Mayweather is nearly impossible.
But, as mentioned earlier, there will be no official winner tonight. Nevertheless, Mayweather could opt to outbox Paul. The newly turned boxer doesn’t have the skills or experience to keep up in that department but it’s highly unlikely Mayweather decides to go that route. Having stopped Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of their 2018 exhibition as well as UFC star Conor McGregor in the tenth round of their boxing vs. MMA showdown in 2017, there’s simply no way Paul makes it to the final bell.
From a physical standpoint, Paul has it all. He’s taller, longer, heavier and simply the much bigger man. But size doesn’t win fights, they never have and they never will.
A winner may not get announced, but going the distance will Logan Paul is as good as a loss for Mayweather. So don’t expect the big hulking physical specimen to reach the end of the eighth round.
It’s difficult to pinpoint when exactly it’ll happen, but at some point, Mayweather will make Paul question himself internally and before he’s able to answer and dig deep, he’ll be staring at the ceiling lights as Mayweather stands on the ropes screaming to the crowd.
Shannon Briggs Isn’t Counting Logan Paul Out Against Floyd Mayweather: “I Don’t Know Who’s Going To Win But I Like His Odds”
By: Hans Themistode
In the eyes of many, there’s little to no doubt that Floyd Mayweather will walk into his contest against Logan Paul, the exact same way when he walks out. The retired former five-division world champion is set to take on the social media star later on tonight at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida.
Currently, Mayweather is pegged as the huge favorite. According to multiple betting websites, a bettor would have to plunk down roughly $1,000 in order to pocket $100 on Mayweather winning. As for Paul, he’s viewed as a long shot. For example, according to the betting market, a gambler could place a $100 bet on the former YouTuber and take home approximately $500.
The nature of the lopsided odds stems from Mayweather being considered arguably the greatest boxer of all time and Paul mostly thought of as a novice. Regardless of that notion, former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, simply doesn’t agree with it. In his mind, with the size advantage heavily in favor of Paul, no one should be counting him out.
“He got size and he got power so I like his odds,” said Briggs during an interview with FightHype.com. “I don’t know who’s going to win but I like his odds. Logan can punch, he’s a big guy.”
Although Briggs admits that he hasn’t spent any time with Paul during his training camp, he still vividly remembers what he’s capable of. Before Paul made his boxing debut against fellow social media star KSI in 2019, Briggs worked closely with him. He stood by his side during press conferences and kept an eye on him during his sparring sessions.
Needless to say, Briggs was thoroughly impressed with what he saw. While Paul would ultimately go on to lose that contest against KSI, he has spent the past few years working on his craft.
On one end, Briggs knows good and well that a handful of years in the gym won’t equal to the decades upon decades of work that Mayweather has under his belt. But while Briggs concedes the experience and overall skills department, he points to the one thing that Mayweather won’t have in his favor.
“Logan is a big strong guy and he can punch. His technique is very fit to fight a better fighter.”
Zab Judah Has High Praise For Logan Paul: “He Looks Like A Young Muhammad Ali”
By: Hans Themistode
Like most of the world, Zab Judah simply can’t wait to see former pound-for-pound star Floyd Mayweather take on YouTuber turned de-facto boxer, Logan Paul. The two are scheduled to face off against one another later on tonight at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida in an eight-round exhibition.
Although their contest has been promoted as purely an entertainment spectacle as opposed to an actual fight as no winner will be formally announced, many are incredulous that this contest is actually taking place. With Mayweather spending over 35 years in or around the boxing ring, Paul has recently picked up the sport just a few years ago. Despite that, Judah has spent plenty of long hours with Paul in the ring when the cameras weren’t rolling. And although it does appear at times that he’s making a mockery of the sport, Judah assures you that he’s doing everything right behind the scenes.
“I’ve seen him,” said Judah about Paul during an interview with VLAD TV. “I’ve watched his growth and I’ve seen his dedication. He’s really training. His body don’t tell no lies. He’s a white kid and he’s chiseled. He put in hard work and dedication.”
In addition to his hard work, Paul will walk into his showdown against Mayweather with several advantages working in his favor. For starters, Paul holds a six-inch height and four-inch reach advantage. Also, after weighing in yesterday, Paul tipped the scales 34.5 pounds heavier than Mayweather. And, with no hydration clause, Paul figures to weigh significantly more than Mayweather later on tonight.
Still, despite checking all of the boxes, no one in the boxing community believes the skills of Paul comes even remotely close to Mayweather’s. Everyone besides Judah. While he wouldn’t go as far as to say that Paul can outbox Mayweather but considering who he compared him to, Judah doesn’t believe it’s beyond the realm of possibility.
“He looks like a young Muhammad Ali,” continued Judah. “Watch how he box. I’m talking form-wise, dance-wise, just watch. I ain’t retarded, I know boxing. I’m not saying he is Muhammad Ali but his style mimics Ali.”
Leonard Ellerbe: “Honestly, His (Floyd Mayweather) Legacy Is Already Cemented But If For Some Reason The Incredible Happens It Would Definitely Tarnish His Legacy”
By: Hans Themistode
Although Floyd Mayweather has made more money than anyone in boxing history, he’ll look to pocket several more million this coming Sunday night. The newly inducted boxing Hall of Famer is set to take on YouTuber turned de-facto boxer, Logan Paul, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida.
Having faced a long list of all-time greats and defeated them all, Mayweather is comfortably in the conversation for the greatest of all time. During his prime years, Mayweather toyed with his opposition before ultimately cruising to victory. According to CompuBox, Mayweather retired with the highest plus-minus in its history with +24.7. In addition to that, Mayweather’s opponent landed only 19.2% of their punches while he connected on 43.9% of his own.
Yet, despite the long list of superlative words used to describe Mayweather and his unbeaten career, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, believes it could all go up in smoke if the unthinkable happens Sunday night.
“Honestly, his legacy is already cemented,” said Ellerbe during an interview with SecondsOut. “But if for some reason the incredible happens, which I don’t even want to think about, it would definitely tarnish his legacy. The last thing that Floyd would want to happen is to be the laughing stock of the entire world. Can you imagine if this dude hits Floyd with a shot and even drops him? Can you imagine? That’s what does make me nervous.”
During his near 25 year career, Mayweather has seldom if ever appeared hurt in the ring, let alone dropped. Yet, in order for Paul to win their showdown, he’ll need to take the fight straight to Mayweather. According to the rules of their contest, there will be no judges scoring the bout but a stoppage and knockout can take place.
While Mayweather was always known for his ability to hit and not get hit, his power was virtually nonexistent during the latter part of his career. Outside of the final fight of his career which took place against UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017, Mayweather hasn’t scored a stoppage win since 2011 against Victor Ortiz.
Still, not many are expecting Paul to land a significant blow against Mayweather. If, however, he does, Ellerbe believes it could be lights out for the former five-division world champion.
Contractually, Mayweather is set to tip the scales later tonight at approximately 160 pounds. As for Paul, he was given a weight limit of 190 but can rehydrate as high as he would like. Meaning, Mayweather could be significantly outweighed come fight night.
As Ellerbe stands back and analyzes the situation, he doesn’t like what he sees. Although he’s backed Mayweather for decades and still continues to do so, he admits that Mayweather isn’t the same fighter he used to be and that in turn could lead to a long and painful night.
“He’s working against a bigger man,” continued Ellerbe. “Logan Paul will be a heavyweight on Sunday night. So you have a welterweight essentially, boxing a heavyweight, any damn thing can happen. Floyd has all the skills but I’m realistic. He hasn’t done anything in four years. He keeps his body in fitness shape but not boxing shape and this guy has been working his tail off for the past couple of years. When you’re throwing punches with mean intentions, anything can happen.”