We got what we wanted – Jake Paul claims viral Mayweather altercation was staged

Jake Paul says his recent viral altercation with Floyd Mayweather was a PR stunt.

By: Milan Ordoñez | 2 months ago
We got what we wanted – Jake Paul claims viral Mayweather altercation was staged
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Back in early March, internet sensation turned pro boxer Jake Paul went viral for non-praiseworthy reasons, as per usual for his brand. In a video uploaded by TMZ, “The Problem Child” in what appeared to be an altercation with Floyd Mayweather and his entourage after a Miami Heat game. 

As you’ll see in the clip below, the 26-year-old Paul is seen standing in front of a large group of men, including Mayweather. The man holding the camera can be heard saying, “let’s bust him up, guys.” 

A few moments later, Paul went for a 50-yard dash. 

Jake Paul claims Mayweather altercation was staged

Paul recently sat down with sports commentator Wade Plem and revealed that the viral clip was staged. 

“We were, like, ‘let’s set this up and make this go viral.’ And (go) viral, it did. Yes, it went on every single news page and outlet. We got exactly what we wanted out of it,” he said. 

“We needed people to think it was real.” 

The history between Jake Paul and Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

The storyline between the two men began in 2021, when Paul snatched Mayweather’s hat during a face-off. His juvenile antics incited a brawl and irked Mayweather so much to send out death threats. He also claimed that Mayweather is a tax evader who did not pay his brother Logan for their exhibition match. 

Paul last fought in February against Tommy Fury and lost via decision, a first in his three-year pro career. According to PFL exec Loren Mack, he will “absolutely” make his MMA debut some time in 2023.  

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Milan Ordoñez
Milan Ordoñez

Milan Ordoñez has been covering combat sports since 2012 and has been part of the Bloody Elbow staff since 2016. He’s also competed in amateur mixed martial arts and submission grappling tournaments.

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