Floyd Mayweather’s furious reaction to the infamous Jake Paul incident was a rare loss of temper, according to members of the boxing legend’s inner circle.
The social media star sparked a savage brawl by tearing a baseball cap off Mayweather, who had attended a media event for his exhibition fight against Logan Paul on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Mayweather had angrily clashed with Jake Paul, in the midst of a savage brawl with security, and the former world champion then expressed his rage at the media watching them.
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“He was really pissed off. I haven’t seen him get fucked in a while,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. Sky Sports.
“It was disrespect for ripping off his hat.”
Stephen Espinoza, Showtime’s president of sports and events programming, had accompanied Mayweather through the fiery rise of the fight against Conor McGregor.
“I’ve never seen him so angry,” Espinoza said Sky Sports about Mayweather’s fight with Jake Paul.
“Not even on the McGregor press tour, when it was very personal.
Floyd didn’t feel respected. He was very angry.
“It wasn’t arranged or pre-planned by Floyd or his team. I think Jake pre-planned it and capitalized on it his way. From the tattoo to the merchandise to everything he has in it. made.
“From Floyd, I think the McGregor press tour somehow changed the perception of this event. It went from circus to realizing real animosity.
[The Jake incident] put a little more motivation on both sides.
“Floyd didn’t feel respected. He was very angry. He’s not a very good actor, to be completely honest, to show that level of anger on command for something he wasn’t really about. angry, so much, it made him angry. “
Jake has issued a mocking apology after acquiring a memorial tattoo and merchandise to mark his physical confrontation with Mayweather.
Older brother Logan even suggested that Mayweather will try to punish him this weekend.
“He’s trying to set the example of the big brother, so the younger brother has to suffer and watch and bear witness,” said Logan Paul.
“I don’t know if you’ve seen ‘Scarface’, but that’s what he’s trying to do.”
Jake Paul was warned not to upset Mayweather again this week, just days before the former No.1 pound-for-pound shared the ring with Logan.
“Jake is not stupid,” said Ellerbe Sky Sports.
“Jake got famous on the internet for bringing attention to this. That’s what he does. You can’t hit his fuss.
“But what did he do that day? It was disrespectful. You saw the reaction and it was justified.”
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