Logan Paul stunned the majority of the boxing world by managing to last the eight rounds in his exhibition bout with Floyd Mayweather.
The YouTube star may have a height and weight advantage – he came in almost 30lbs heavier than his opponent – but the 50-0 legend was expected to have way, way too much.
And while he was rarely troubled, Mayweather was unable to knock Paul out, in what was the only way to officially ‘win’ the bout.
It was agreed before the fight at the Hard Rock Stadium that should both men make it through eight rounds, no winner would be declared.
However, some eagle-eyed fans believe that Mayweather did all he can to ensure the mega-money fight would go the distance.
Twitter user @Foot_Basket posted a clip from the sixth round showing the former pound-for-pound king slipping a shot from his amateur opponent before launching a counter punch that hit Paul flush on the chin.
The 26-year-old appeared to look shaky on his legs after the hook, with Paul and Mayweather clinching for the remaining seconds.
In fairness, Paul spent the vast majority of his night hugging his opponent in a fight that was far from one for the purists.
Some believe that incident proved the fight was ‘fixed’ in ‘The Maverick’s’ favour, although it appears highly unlikely the smaller fighter would have been able to hold a 'knocked out' Paul due to the huge weight difference.
Alas, Paul went the distance and Money Mayweather was mildly complimentary about his opponent in post-match press conferences.
"He was strong, tough and better than I thought he was,” said Mayweather. “I was surprised by him tonight. That was some good little work.”
He added: "Even without much experience, he knew to use his weight to tie me up tonight.”
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Mayweather earned in the region of $100million (£70m) from his exhibition bout, the first time he has stepped back in the ring since 2018.
“I wanted to give the people a show, and he was fighting to survive, as you guys could see,” Mayweather said after the fight. “Every time he would punch, he would clinch. He was the bigger guy, and a little awkward.
“But his background was in wrestling, so he was good at tying me up. A guy that came in over 200 and some pounds. I came in at 155, but no excuses. I had fun tonight.”
The fact that the fight went the distance, of course raises questions about a money-spinning rematch, with Mayweather, 44, refusing to rule it out.
“We don’t know what the future holds, I have to talk to my team,” he said. “I’m not 25 anymore but I had fun.”
Paul meanwhile, described it “as the best night of his life” trumping his achievements as one for the underdogs.
“The fact that I got in here with one of the greatest boxers of all time, it proves the odds can be beat,” Paul said. “Anyone can beat the odds and do great things in life. This is one of the greatest nights of my life, I'm happy.”
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