Floyd Mayweather Makes Japanese Opponent Cry With First Round TKO
In one of the most bizarre matchups in recent memory, Floyd Mayweather made his return to combat sports today to face off with Japanese kickboxer and MMA prospect Tenshin Nasakawa in a three-round boxing exhibition.
Despite Floyd claiming to be retired after his win over Conor McGregor back in 2017, few believed that it would be the last time ‘Money’ would be seen in a ring. However, the decision to compete in Japanese MMA organisation Rizin undoubtedly raised more than a few eyebrows when the bout with Nasakawa was first announced back in November.
However, just a week later it seemed the fight was dead in the water when the 41-year-old Mayweather wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post that he had been misinformed about the terms of the contest and that he would not be competing against Tenshin.
Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a 9 minute exhibition of 3 rounds with an opponent selected by the ‘Rizen Fighting Federation. What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of ‘One Entertainment’ was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee. This exhibition was previously arranged as a ‘Special Bout’ purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide.”
Following this, it was speculated that Mayweather could potentially have a rematch with Manny Pacquiao following their disappointing 2015 super fight, or face off with Khabib Nurmagomedov in a boxing match.
Then, just another week later, it was announced that the bout between Mayweather and Nasakawa was back on, but with a number of special rules in place. Namely, the match is strictly just boxing rules, it will be considered an exhibition contest, meaning the result will not feature on either fighter’s record and will be contested over three three-minute rounds.
Despite the fact the match would not be considered an actual contest, Floyd was quick to make clear just how profitable the venture was going to be for him.
There’s no official fight. It’s an exhibition. A small, nine minute exhibition. No kicking. It’s going to be the highest paid exhibition ever. Just for promoting this event I’ve made seven figures. It’s a no-brainer. Just because I’m retired, I still make appearances around the world and make a ton of money.”
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