Jake Paul on Snatching Floyd Mayweather’s Hat: “I Just Sold You Probably Like 400,000 More Pay-Per-View Buys”

Published 12/20/2021, 11:00 AM EST


Jake Paul understands how to steal attention and the youngster has frequently been into controversies for his uncanny stunts at the most unexpected times. ‘The Problem Child’ entered the boxing sphere as a YouTube boxer but has amassed a 5-0 record so far, and envisions becoming a world champion someday.

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From knocking out Tyron Woodley to feuding with Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez, Jake Paul has already taken some courageous steps in his career. While Woodley and Alvarez have been his own targets, the feud against Floyd Mayweather came out of nowhere. Jake’s brother Logan Paul bagged an exhibition offer against Mayweather in June, and the bizarre matchup garnered global popularity.

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Meanwhile, Paul unveiled a controversial scene in the build-up to the fight. Amidst a lot of trash talking and banters, ‘The Problem Child’ dared to snatch Mayweather’s hat during a verbal confrontation in a presser. Floyd Mayweather eventually had an altercation with Jake Paul. ‘The Problem Child’ recently recalled it in a chat with Graham Bensinger.

After addressing his mental condition during the entire scene, Jake Paul talked about the following morning and said, “The next day news articles come out saying, he [Mayweather] is training harder than he was training against McGregor to fight Logan. So, now the fight got that much real. The videos accumulated over a billion dollars in media value for free just because I got punched in the face. And I am like, yo I just sold you probably like 400,000 more pay-per-view buys.”

Is Jake Paul really bringing more attention to the sport?

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It’s undeniable that Jake Paul’s surge in boxing has been exceptional. Having beaten two MMA champions in a row, Paul has earned legitimate attention from the fans. Despite his recent achievements, traditional fight fans are still demanding to see him go against pro-boxers.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul fights Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)

Jake ‘The Problem Child’ Paul hasn’t faced a professional pugilist in the ring. Unless he does that, the doubts regarding his boxing supremacy will prevail.

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A potential scrap between him and ‘TNT’ was earlier scheduled to happen this weekend. Unfortunately, Tommy Fury backed off at a two-week notice and cited medical reasons for it. Once ‘TNT’ recovers fully, this match is still very much on the cards.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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