Floyd Mayweather has responded to backlash about his fight with YouTube star Logan Paul by declaring himself "the best at legalised bank robbing".
Fans who paid to watch Mayweather and Paul's bout on Sunday were left seething when no winner was declared after eight rounds of farcical fighting.
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The exhibition event didn't even have judges in attendance, with a knockout being the only way one fighter could win.
While Paul held his own against the undefeated boxing legend, Mayweather clearly had no intentions of knocking out his opponent.
Both men shared a reported $150 million as a result, with Mayweather said to have received about $130 million of that purse.
The 44-year-old telling declared after the fight: “When it comes to legalised bank robbing, I’m the best.”
The two men went the distance in the lucrative pay-per-view extravaganza in a bout most onlookers agreed would have been awarded to Mayweather had points been in operation.
To his credit, the 29-year-old Paul, who has 29 million YouTube followers, was able to put some pressure on Mayweather, the 44-year-old former five-division champion who came in four weight classes lighter than his opponent.
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The bout began quietly and descended into something of a wrestling match in round three, before Mayweather stepped his assault up a gear.
He had Paul retreating and looking tired after landing a series of punches in round four, then looked close to finishing proceedings towards the end of the fifth with a succession of body blows.
Paul coped with the barrage however, and stood his ground through the final three rounds to earn considerable online support and praise from his rival.
"I had a great time moving with these young guys, test my skills and just to have some fun. He's a great young fighter, tough, he's better than what I thought he was," Mayweather said.
"He's a rough competitor. I was surprised by tonight. Good work. Good guy."
Paul said of Mayweather that it was "an honour to grace the ring with him".
"I don't want anyone to tell me anything is impossible ever again," he said.
"The fact that I'm in here with one of the greatest boxers of all time proves that the odds can be beat"
"You never know with this guy. I might go home thinking 'Did Floyd let me survive?'
"He's one of the GOATS and in many ways he controls this sport, that's what makes him great."
However the bout inevitably sparked backlash, with many labelling it a "disgrace" to the sport.
It's a joke and a disgrace to the sport of boxing. But that's my opinion.
— Steve0 (@Steve016857618) June 7, 2021
— Mar (@mariana_elena13) June 7, 2021
It was a hug fest and disgrace to the sport of boxing.
— Jack Daniel Adams (@TheJackAdams) June 7, 2021
— Jacob Jon Parker (@mr_jacobjon) June 7, 2021
Disgrace to boxing
— Kay (@Backupwxx) June 6, 2021
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