Floyd Mayweather Punks Opponent, Alludes to $9 Million Payday

At Rizin 14 in Saitama, Japan, a special exhibition bout between undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa under boxing rules took place.

In a mismatched contest, Mayweather floored Nasukawa, a kickboxer less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter's trainer rushed in to stop the fight.

According to Helwani, if the numbers were correct, Mayweather earned $4.5 million a minute for the fight or $9 million total for the two-minute fight.

Mayweather, 41, a former five-weight world champion who retired from boxing with a ideal professional record of 50-0 last year, saw off an opponent 21 years his junior.

Rather, he was on his feet at the time of the stoppage so he can definitely come again without the fear in the back of his mind of having been knocked out viciously - which can often then make a fighter gun shy in future fights.

The American said in quotes published by BBC Sport: "It was all about entertainment - we had a lot of fun".

A delay of over two hours did not help ease fears that Mayweather was not going to show.

"I want to say thank you".

However, although Nasukawa deserves credit for stepping up, these events are becoming increasingly farcical and fans are beginning to lose patience with the ageing Mayweather.

But Nasukawa never landed a meaningful punch. With his hands down, Mayweather was openly laughing before opening up his attack. Subsequently, after his corner threw in the towel following Mayweather's trio of first round blows, Nasukawa was left in tears. I'm still retired and this was just entertainment.

The Mayweather-Nasukawa bout culminated an evening of more than a dozen fights, streamed by FITE for a fee, but not in the U.S. Fuji TV was the broadcaster in Japan. Tenshin is a true champion and a hell of a fighter.

  • Jacqueline Ellis