Few that paid for and watched the exhibition fight between undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and Youtube star Logan Paul, would have argued they got value for money.
In a bizarre Miami bout labelled "disgusting" and a "disgrace" by many viewers, the eight-round contest ground to a sad anti-climax with no winner declared due to the absence of ringside judges.
'WHAT A MESS': Farcical scenes rock Mayweather-Logan Paul bout
Viewers were stunned that a man with little boxing experience was able to withstand eight rounds against a fighter regarded by many as the greatest the sport has ever seen.
However, a shocking image taken after the fights shows the damning reality of a farcical contest that saw both men make millions - with Mayweather reportedly pocketing more than $130 million for the bout.
One fan posted a screenshot showing the breakdown of the number of punches thrown and landed by both fighters - illustrating just how poor the fight was.
— Josh Carey (@JoshDCarey) June 7, 2021
In 217 punches that Paul dished out over the entire contest, only 28 of those connected for a woeful 13 percent success rate.
The Youtuber only connected with seven of 73 jabs (10 per cent) and 21 out of 144 power strikes (15 per cent) as Mayweather utilised his trademark movement to brilliant - if not somewhat boring - effect.
Mayweather has never been known throughout his career as a fighter that throws a lot of punches during a bout but even his own numbers were particularly uninspiring.
The veteran fighter only connected with 43 punches from 107 thrown in total - hitting Paul with seven out of 14 jabs (50 percent) and 36 power strikes from 93 thrown (39 per cent).
— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) June 7, 2021
It wasn't just those paltry numbers that left the boxing world unimpressed.
The Miami crowd roundly booed Paul as he used stalling tactics to see out the eight rounds on increasingly tired legs.
The Youtuber even showboated by pointing to the clock in the final round, with both men delighted when the final bell sounded on the contest.
Images of both fighters smiling and laughing as they made their way back to the dressing rooms merely infuriated the boxing world further, with many describing it as nothing more than a shameless money grab.
The exhibition reported earned both men a combined $151 million, with Mayweather taking home some $133 million compared to Paul's $18 million.
Yahoo Sports combat reporter Kevin Iole wrote in his post-fight report: “At the end of the day, what this was was an outrageous money grab. It angered many boxing purists”.
The Athletic’s Lance Pugmire described it as “legalised bank robbery”, while boxing commentator Teddy Atlas wrote on Twitter: “Floyd was half right, it wasn’t exciting but it was Easy Money”.
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) June 7, 2021
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) June 7, 2021
Boxing great takes hat off to Paul
Mayweather brushed off the criticism after the fight by reminding the boxing world that he's 44 and retired, fighting against a man 18 years his junior.
“You gotta realise, I’m not 21 anymore,” Mayweather said.
“But it’s good, to move around with these young guys, test my skills, just to have some fun.
“Great young fighter, strong, tough, he’s better than I thought he was.
“He’s a tough, rough competitor.
“I was surprised by him tonight. Oh yes, I had fun.”
Mayweather refused to rule out a return to the ring for a future exhibition bout.
“We don’t know what the future holds, but I’ll talk it over with my team and see where we go from here,” Mayweather said.
“I’ve been in this sport 25 years, I understand I’m not 21, but I had fun tonight.”
Paul added: “This is one of the greatest moments of my life. I’m happy. It’s an honour to grace the ring with him”.
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