Floyd Mayweather reacted furiously to Jake Paul snatching his hat last month because he felt disrespected by the YouTube star, members of his inner circle have revealed.
Mayweather was involved in a mass brawl with Paul at the press conference for his exhibition against the latter's brother Logan, which takes place in Miami this weekend.
The boxing legend was left incensed when Paul stole his hat at the Hard Rock Stadium, with security forced to step in and prevent the two from coming to blows.
Having proved the master of trash talk and mind games in his iconic career, fans were surprised to see Mayweather lose his cool with a three-fight novice.
But Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told Sky Sports: "He was really p***ed. I haven't seen him that p***ed for quite some time.
"It was the disrespect of snatching his hat."
Stephen Espinoza, Showtime's president of sports and event programming, echoed Ellerbe's thoughts.
"I have never seen him that angry," Espinoza said.
"Not even in the McGregor press tour, when it was very personal.
"It was not arranged or pre-planned by Floyd or his team. I think Jake very much had it pre-planned and capitalised in his own unique way. From the tattoo to the merchandise, to everything he made out of it.
"From Floyd, I think that in some of the same way that the McGregor press tour changed the perception of that event. It went from being a circus to realising there's real animosity there.
"[The Jake incident] has layered on a little more motivation for both sides.
"Floyd felt disrespected. He was very angry.
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"He's not that good an actor, to be quite honest, to show that level of wrath on command for something he wasn't really angry about, so very much so, it angered him."
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