Logan Paul and Conor McGregor’s performances against Floyd Mayweather compared
Let's start with a disclaimer; we know Floyd Mayweather wasn't really trying against either Conor McGregor or Floyd Mayweather.
We know he barely trained for either and carried McGregor for a few rounds before stopping him for his 50th professional victory.
And we know the ring legend was never in trouble against YouTube star Paul and probably just struggled to cope with the near 50lb weight difference and his opponent's penchant for hugging.
But it's important not to take life too seriously all the time, so let's compare how McGregor and Paul fared against one of the best to ever do it…
There was a big difference in the rules and regulations around the fight, of course, with McGregor making his professional boxing debut against Mayweather.
Paul, on the otherhand, was a seasoned 0-1 veteran following his dreadful defeat by fellow YouTuber KSI in 2019 but whatever the result last night, it would not count towards either man's record.
McGregor and Mayweather's bout was scheduled for 10 rounds compared to Paul's eight but at least both men were competing over three-minute sessions.
Irishman McGregor wore 8oz gloves against his nemesis while Paul wore the slightly bigger 10oz mitts – and there were no judges for his bout, unlike when the UFC star took on 'Money' in Las Vegas in 2017.
And so to the fights themselves… McGregor was stopped in the 10th round as Mayweather put his foot on the gas to make sure of a statement finish.
Paul, however, managed to cling on, literally, as he hugged his way through most of the 24-minute fight to hear the final bell.
At least he was honest afterwards when he admitted he would always wonder whether Mayweather went easy on him.
McGregor, meanwhile, still claims he would have beaten Mayweather had he had a 'proper' boxing training camp. Thankfully it now looks like we won't see a rematch after Mayweather confirmed he will likely bow out of exhibition bouts.
One thing we can look at is the punch stats… remember the McGregor fan boys taking to social media to claim he had out-struck Manny Pacquiao when he faced Mayweather in 2015?
Officially, McGregor landed 111 punches on Mayweather compared to Pacquiao's 81.
The Irishman's fans doubled down on their belief when it was revealed McGregor landed 26 per cent of his punches (111 of 430) while Pacquiao managed just 19 per cent (81 of 429).
But the real story becomes clear when you actually watch the footage, something too time-consuming for keyboard warriors.
McGregor's punches barely qualify such was their 'tippy-tappy' nature, a stark contrast to his famed left hand which had knocked out Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez in the cage.
What about Paul? Well he did out-land Mayweather in rounds one and seven but connected with only 28 punches in total (12.9 per cent).
Mayweather landed 43 punches on the social media star, a huge 40 per cent, indicating he knew he could connect whenever he pleased. Remarkably, however, that is a worse conversation rate than the 53 per cent success rate he had against McGregor.
So, there you have it…. Logan Paul out-performed Conor McGregor. Sort of.
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