- Floyd Mayweather defeated the Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of their exhibition on New Year’s Eve.
- The fight was the conclusion of a bizarre buildup that featured Mayweather repeatedly claiming it was off and then back on again.
- Mayweather showed a much more aggressive style than fans had seen in recent outings, knocking down Nasukawa three times before his corner threw in the towel.
- While Mayweather claims he’s still retired, it’s tough to imagine him turning down another fight if the money was right.
Floyd Mayweather defeated the Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of their exhibition on New Year’s Eve, bringing an end to yet another bizarre saga of his career.
The fight was announced in November, with Mayweather and the fight promotion Rizin both notably vague on the rules of the exhibition. Mayweather would be fighting a kickboxer, but it was unclear whether his opponent would be allowed to kick.
But the fight would go on, and on Monday night in Japan, Mayweather made his opponent look foolish. He knocked Nasukawa down three times in the first round and forced his corner to throw in the towel in less than three minutes of action.
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Mayweather reportedly earned more than $US9 million for his 140 seconds in the ring, where he showed a much more aggressive fighting style than we’ve seen from his recent fights. He most likely felt safe in the knowledge that his opponent was hamstrung by not being allowed to use one of his most devastating skills in the boxing-rules bout.
“I want to say thank you to Tenshin. This don’t go on our record,” Mayweather said after the fight, according to the Evening Standard. “We are both still undefeated. He is a great champion and a great fighter. I am still retired. I don’t look to come back to boxing. I came back for entertainment for the people of Japan.”
While Mayweather claims he’s still retired, after this bizarre exhibition and his constant teasing of more fights against the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov and other mixed martial artists, there’s no telling what the man nicknamed “Money” will do next if the price is right.
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