UFC President Dana White says the eight-round exhibition bout between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul “wasn’t a f*cking boxing match”, adding that anyone who paid to see it is “stupid”.
The boxing legend and former YouTuber clashed over eight rounds on Sunday, June 6, with many viewers left reeling after Mayweather, who retired with an undefeated 50-0 boxing record in 2017, failed to knock his opponent out.
Viewers of the long-awaited PPV event – which cost up to $50 (£35) to watch in the US and around £17 in the UK – accused the fighters of ‘hugging’ for most of the bout, with some claiming the 44-year-old boxer deliberately held Paul up at one point in order to extend the fight.
The critique from fans didn’t phase Mayweather, who later described the YouTuber as “a great young fighter”, “strong” and “tough”. White, on the other hand – who last month vowed “never to do business” with YouTube fighters – had a few choice words to share about the bout.
“That wasn’t a f*cking boxing match,” White said in an interview for UFC Arabia. “Like I said before, there’s always going to be a market for that kind of stuff. There’s always going to be people that are willing to put down $50 to watch that kind of stuff. That’s so far away [from what we do].
“Think about this — imagine if Kim Kardashian wanted to fight Amanda Nunes. How big do you think that fight would be? It would be huge. It would be the biggest [event] but give me a f***ing break.”
Making it crystal clear that he didn’t consider the fight to be serious, the UFC president added that celebrity matches often fail to live up to their hype.
“It’s exactly what boxing has always been,” he added. “You create this energy around a fight where you’re like, “Oh this [is exciting]”, and then you watch it and then you turn the TV off and go, “I just wasted another evening, I should have went out and did something else”.
“I don’t ever want people feeling like that when they turn the TV off watching some of our fights.”
White added that he was “not trying to sh*t” on those who organise celebrity fights, and said the boxers “deserve” the money they take home – around $100 million (£71m) for Mayweather, and around $26m (£14m) for Paul. Instead, he criticised those who pay to watch.
“Listen, if you’ve got people that are stupid enough to spend that kind of money, you deserve to take those dummies’ money,” White said. “They deserve it. The guys who went out and fought and got you to pay $50, they deserve your money. You’re stupid.”
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