Showtime President Reveals Whether Jake Paul’s ‘Gotcha Hat’ Moment With Floyd Mayweather Was Staged

Published 05/15/2021, 10:00 PM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for Triller)


A few days back, the YouTuber turned boxer, Jake Paul and the undefeated kingpin of the sport, Floyd Mayweather entered into a fierce tussle with each other. The pair met backstage after a press conference, thus trading substantial verbal blows with each other. However, the matter escalated when ‘The Problem Child’ tried to run away after stealing Mayweather’s hat.

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This brawl captivated everyone’s attention. And many felt that Paul and Mayweather purposely did this to the buildup for their prospective fight.

But people associated with Mayweather didn’t feel that this matter was pre-planned. Recently, Mayweather’s longtime friend and Showtime’s president, Stephen Espinoza, gave his take on this entire scenario.

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Speaking to The Pug And Copp Boxing Show, he said, “I’ve never seen him as angry and upset as he was after the “got your hat”.”

He continued, “You know, that was genuine. I don’t know everyone likes the conspiracy theories. Nobody on the Floyd side knew anything about it. And all you need to do is look at his reaction, which there is genuine anger there. It’s gathering momentum but even we underestimated it. It’s, it’s captured the fascination,”

In that tussle, everyone saw an altogether intimidating version of Floyd Mayweather. The latter enjoys staying calm and composed many times but he went all out against the YouTuber turned boxer.

Everyone close to ‘Pretty Boy’ were themselves staggered to see Mayweather livid with Paul over the hat. Moving further, in the above interview, the Showtime boss too agreed on this and feels that his anger was genuine.

Jake Paul vs Floyd Mayweather – is this fight on the cards for 2021?

On June 6, Mayweather will lock horns with Jake Paul’s elder brother and fellow YouTuber, Logan Paul. But a few days back, Mayweather took to his Instagram to assert that he’ll fight out ‘The Problem Child’ in an exhibition encounter.

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Jake Paul, who is just 3 fights old in boxing, will love to enter a full-fledged boxing encounter with ‘TBE’.

This fight will help him market himself even better and in a bigger way. Consequently, it’ll be interesting to see if the Ohio native actually cracks up a fight with Mayweather for 2021.

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Do you think the Paul vs Mayweather brawl was genuine? What do you make of Stephen Espinoza’s above comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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