Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather: The Death of Celebrity Boxing?

Photo via Logan Paul's Twitter

Over the last year or so, celebrity boxing has taken the combat sports world by storm. After what many considered a revival of the heavyweight division due to last February’s Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder fight, real boxers have largely played second fiddle to Jake Paul and other internet celebrities, with a few exceptions.

The hype and pageantry around these events makes sense though. For example, former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson stepped in the ring yesterday against Brian Maxwell, a bare knuckle fighter who is yet to claim his first win.

It was fantastic matchmaking by the promoter. They took a world class athlete and threw him in the ring against a winless professional. Johnson held his own early and evaded punches with his quick feet and landed some decent shots. Although he got dropped in the 4th and final round, Johnson popped up and managed to stay vertical for the remainder of the fight. Skill wise, it was not the WORST thing I have ever seen in my handful of years watching boxing. For some people, it was likely that they thought Johnson might win given his comfort in the first round or two and Maxwell’s poor track record. That is an example of how the celebrity boxing schtick works. You either pit celebs against each other or give them a retired/below average pro and make the audience think that they can win.

The main event of Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather was the polar opposite.

Here, we take a winless Logan Paul and put him up against what might be the greatest boxer of our generation. The entire selling point of the fight was that Logan was bigger than Mayweather and possessed the power to offset the gap in boxing skill by using his size to land a KO punch.

Floyd, a defensive mastermind, felt Paul out and allowed him to throw a flurry of about 25 punches as the opening round ended. None of them landed.

Mayweather continued to feel out Paul in the second round before he began taking him to school throughout the middle rounds. Paul looked gassed by the late second round and was bent over trying to catch his breath a few minutes later.

Paul landed next to nothing, but I’m sure he will show the clip where he lands two quick punches on Mayweather over and over again on his social platforms while conveniently skipping over his wild misses and Mayweather’s ensuing counter punches.

The last few rounds were disastrous as Paul kept clinching and neither man did anything of note. After hugging his way to the end against Mayweather, who really didn’t seem keen on applying pressure on the gassed Paul and going for the kill, Paul had the audacity to point at the clock in the final round and talk smack.

In case you could not tell, the fight sucked.

There was no winner, there was mediocre boxing for a few rounds and then nothing but clinching and a man surviving because his opponent was more concerned about making money and putting on “a show.”

What makes the Jake Paul fights so interesting and appealing is the fact that he has recorded lethal knockouts thus far in relatively short fights. Since he is Jake Paul, people continue to tune in and hope that he eats a KO punch and finally stops boxing.

In the case of Sunday night, Logan and Floyd lacked any of that. There were no knockouts or knockdowns and Paul’s lack of conditioning and skill became apparent before the halfway point of an already shortened eight round fight.

People were irate.

Social media erupted with claims of how boring the fight was and how refunds should be issued to those that bought the event. That is the problem with these celebrity fights: If nobody gets knocked out, everybody gets treated to terrible fights.

Logan Paul vs. KSI went the full six rounds and showed the lack of conditioning both men possessed. No celebrity fight should exceed that six round mark. If nobody has been KO’d by that point, it is just two tired guys swinging wildly and clinching. This is also known as “horrible television.”

Boxing matches don't need to have knockouts to be good, but celebrity boxing matches almost always stink after the first few rounds due to that lack of conditioning and errant behavior in the ring. Future events should, again, keep the fight at no more than six rounds in an effort to produce a, hopefully, decent fight once the initial rounds end.

Floyd had fun and got to put on a fun little clinic against Logan Paul, adding to his millions in the process. The viewers, however, learned that maybe this celebrity boxing stuff is not worth the time and money anymore, assuming they had not come to that conclusion after the horrendous Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren event.

Maybe after Tyron Woodley vs. Jake Paul, this will all be over. But we cannot possibly be that lucky, can we?