The first weekend of June presented a number of interesting scenarios in the world of sports. The talented combination of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George had to guide the Los Angeles Clippers to two straight wins in order to advance out of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Elsewhere, Simone Biles solidified her status as the greatest gymnast of all time by winning her seventh U.S. championship. Not to mention, one of the NFL's best wide receivers, Julio Jones, is expected to head from Atlanta to the city of Nashville in the upcoming season. Topping it all off, there was a bizarre boxing exhibition between Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather Jr. at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Celebrity boxing is becoming a bigger draw each and every month. In fact, it's grown so much that it drew one of the best boxer's of the last 30 years back to the ring for an eight-round bout. Mayweather Jr. and Paul met in Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday night and they couldn't have looked more different. The veteran boxer entered the fight standing at 5'8 and weighing 155 pounds. In contrast, Paul stood 6'2 and weighed nearly 190 pounds. Still, Paul could not do much to overcome the skill that Mayweather Jr. has developed over 35 years. During the third and fourth rounds, Mayweather Jr. began to walk down the much larger man and throw stinging shots. Clinching and holding for survival at several points during the fight, Paul did what many didn't expect him to do. He made it to the end of the fight.
The fight was classified as an exhibition. Therefore, no official winner was declared. With that said, Paul celebrated the accomplishment of making it eight rounds with a fighter of Mayweather Jr.'s caliber.
"It's an honor to share the ring with Floyd. He's one of the GOATs. This is one of the coolest things ever," Paul said after the fight.
"I don't want anyone to tell me anything is impossible ever again. The fact that I got in here with one of the greatest boxers of all time, it proves the odds can be beaten. Anyone can beat the odds and do great things in life. This is one of the greatest nights of my life, I'm happy."
Mayweather Jr. complimented Paul by saying that he was better than he thought he would be. As for his future, the former boxing champion hinted that this would be his last time entering the ring for an exhibition or a pro fight.
"This may be — despite everything that I’ve tried over the last six years — this may be the last time we see him in the ring. And, so, whether you like the exhibition or not, whether you agree on the opponent or not, give this man his flowers today," Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said during the post-fight press conference.
In contrast, Paul expects to fight again. However, he's not sure when or where that will happen. In the meantime, he'll turn his attention to his brother, Jake's, next fight against Tyron Woodley.
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