Floyd Mayweather was involved in a chaotic brawl on Thursday during the build-up to next month's fight with Internet star Logan Paul as tempers boiled over at a photo-opportunity in Miami.
The undefeated 44-year-old former welterweight world champion reacted angrily at the Hard Rock Stadium after Paul's brother, Jake, grabbed his cap during a TV interview.
Mayweather chased down the Paul brothers and punches appeared to be thrown in a melee involving a scrum of security staff. Mayweather unleashed an expletive-laden tirade during the incident.
Showtime, which will telecast the pay-per-view, posted videos of the incident on Instagram.
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Insults had already been traded in an earlier confrontation, with Logan Paul taunting Mayweather by referencing his 2011 domestic violence case.
Mayweather served two months of a three-month sentence after attacking an ex-girlfriend.
Mayweather, meanwhile, claimed he would fight — and beat — both Paul brothers on the same night before the event erupted into violence.
Logan Paul had to be pulled away from the melee by his entourage while Mayweather continued to vent his fury before he too was taken away.
Before the brawl, Logan Paul told AFP he firmly believed he could do what no boxer had ever done before and beat Mayweather.
"After this fight I don't want anyone to tell me something is impossible," Paul said.
"I am representing the guy who was counted out, the guy who believed in himself so much that his unrelenting belief in himself propelled him to success. That's me.
"I don't just think I can beat him. I know I can beat him."
Afterward, Jake Paul took to Twitter and posted his thoughts on the incident.
Within minutes of the melee, Paul posted a promotion selling Gotcha Hats caps.
The fight, scheduled for June 6, will be Mayweather's first appearance since he appeared in an exhibition contest in Japan in 2018.
Thursday's event gave no further information about specifics of the fight such as number of rounds or what size gloves would be used.
Paul, 26, first ventured into white-collar boxing in a bout with British YouTuber KSI in 2018 that reportedly generated 1.3 million pay per view buys worldwide, before a rematch in 2019 in Los Angeles.
Mayweather, meanwhile, has not fought in an officially sanctioned boxing contest since beating mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor by technical knockout in a money-spinning superfight in Las Vegas in 2017.
Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) came out of retirement for that contest after hanging up his gloves two years earlier after an unbeaten career spanning three decades.
— With a report from Agence France-Presse
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