Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum was not a fan of Sunday's fight between former five division world champion Floyd Mayweather and Youtube star Logan Paul.
The 44-year-old Mayweather stepped back in the ring, trading punches with Paul for the entire eight round distance, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Mayweather was significantly smaller, with Paul having at least a 40-pound edge in the fight.
The pay-per-view, which was put together by Showtime, did big business.
Arum, however, was not one of the people who watched it live.
“It’s a joke,’’ Arum said to USA Today. “It’s farcical. I wouldn’t pay five cents to watch it.’’
Most viewers were shocked at Paul's ability to last the entire eight rounds.
Arum believes the contest may have had a pre-fight agreement - where neither boxer would get seriously hurt.
He feels Mayweather could have closed the show at any time.
“Nobody’s going to get hurt because everybody knows it’s all relatively scripted,’’ Arum said. “Mayweather could have got him out anytime he wanted.’’
Mayweather was able to land flush punches, but Paul was able to take the shots from the much smaller man.
Paul also used his size advantage well. He would hold Mayweather whenever necessary to avoid taking too much punishment during the late rounds.
Former two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman disagrees with his former promoter.
He enjoyed the fight and would like to see more exhibition contests take place in the future.
“The fans are whispering in our ear, saying they love it,’’ Foreman said. “Things are changing. If you don’t change with it, you’ll be left behind.’’