Some fighters enter the ring before their boxing matches with elaborate costumes, like Bernard Hopkins wearing an executioner’s mask. Some just show up with what’s required in a fight, like Mike Tyson in his heyday sporting only gloves, black trunks, and black shoes.
On Sunday night, YouTube personality Logan Paul entered the ring for his fight with retired welterweight king Floyd Mayweather with a Charizard Pokémon card in a case around his neck.
This wasn’t your average Pokémon card, though. The first edition, gem mint 10-graded Charizard is said to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It’s a good thing though because Paul said he spent $150,000 on a Pokémon card last year and the value of the Pokémon cards has risen.
To some, Paul’s entrance may have been the best part of the fight, which went the full scheduled eight rounds and ended without a single fighter hitting the canvas.
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Paul seemed more interested in talking about the card than his opponent after the festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
“It’s a BGS 10 Charizard, first edition Charizard. It’s one of three in the world. It is my prized possession,” Paul said. “Ever since I got this graded at a ten, the momentum in my life has been crazy. It’s my good luck charm.”