Youtuber Jake Paul admits that he was surprised when Floyd Mayweather went after him at a recent press conference in Florida.
Paul was present at the media function to support his older brother, fellow social media star Logan Paul, who faces Mayweather in an exhibition fight on June 6th in Miami - with Showtime Pay-Per-View carrying the event.
During the function, Mayweather and Jake Paul were trading words in a face-to-face manner - with Paul snatching the hat off Mayweather's head and running away.
Mayweather erupted, shouting at the top of his lungs and gave chase. Both teams became involved with several punches being exchanged.
Paul was not expecting Mayweather to react in that manner.
“It was sort of a sensory overload with everything that was going on. There was, like, eight guys around me all grabbing me, some hitting me in the leg. I’m holding onto his hat for dear life. I was like, ‘No! I’m not letting go!’ And that was the main thing that they were concerned about it, like, ‘Give us the f------ hat, give us the hat!’ And I was like, ‘No! Noooo!,'" Paul told Chael Sonnen on the You’re Welcome podcast
“Then they finally got the hat and then I see this angry Floyd Mayweather, I couldn’t believe it. One of his security guards had my shirt wrapped around his hand so I couldn’t get away, and he just comes running at me and he’s throwing punches over the security guard. I’m literally like, ‘Oh wow, this is crazy,’ but the funny thing about it was none of the punches were even coming close to me at that point and he actually punched his own security guard in the side of the head. Absurd moment, hilarious. I didn’t think he was gonna get that mad over a hat.
“Look, it’s show business. I didn’t think it was gonna go that viral, I thought it was gonna be like, ‘This is funny. Jake Paul’s an amateur little kid,’ which by the way, that’s what I was going for. I was like, this is going to be hilarious, I’m going to be like a little kid stealing someone’s hat on the playground.”