“He’s ready to Pokemon-go here tonight.” That’s the line that will forever be etched in sporting history, alongside June 6, the day sports fans mourned the death of boxing. After months of setbacks, juvenile taunts and the iconic ‘Gotcha hat’ moment, YouTuber Logan Paul finally stepped into the ring with undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather in what was being billed as the biggest fight in history. The results were…underwhelming.
Despite a flurry of punches towards the end of the first round, the match went the distance, satisfying few and leaving us all dreading the inevitable showboating the Paul brothers are about to unleash. Seven rounds of the much bigger Logan simply resting on top of his 44-year-old opponent failed to live up to the expectations the entire boxing community had unfairly placed on the exhibition bout. But while what happened inside the ring was the sporting equivalent of white bread, what went on beforehand was far more interesting.
When Paul rolled into the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, fans were quick to point out his choice of jewellery. Unlike pre-fight entertainment Migos, Paul’s chain was less 24k gold and more Pokemon Gold Edition. Paul wore his special first edition Charizard Pokemon card in a case around his neck. Lame? Maybe, but there’s no questioning the collectible is worth its weight.
Over the past few years, Paul has spent millions of dollars on boxes of Pokemon cards, using them for opening videos on his YouTube channel. Just last month, he shared his PSA10 holographic Charizard, Blastoise and Venusaur cards on Instagram, which he claimed were valued at $1 million together. By all accounts, Paul purchased the first edition Charizard card last year for around USD$150,000 but since then, prices have skyrocketed. While there’s no clear verdict on just how much it is worth, it wouldn’t be out of the realms of possibility to say the collectible could be valued at as much as $300,000.
Not to be outdone, however, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather arrived in the ring wearing an OnlyFans hat, proving that while he may not have won the battle, he certainly won the war.