ALL OF US boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Junior (C) knocks down Kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa of Japan (L) throughout their exhibition match at Saitama Extremely Arena in Saitama.
Handout / 2015 RIZIN FF / AFP
Floyd “ Money” Mayweather defeat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout Monday right after just two minutes of a Brand new Year’ s Eve “ exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement for a huge pay day.
Within a mismatched contest, Mayweather floored Nasukawa, a kickboxer less than half his age group, three times in the first round from the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter’ s trainer rushed in to quit the fight.
“ Money” Mayweather has hinted upon social media he was pocketing $9 million for the fight, meaning this individual earned around $4. 5 mil per minute for the spectacle.
The American boxer at first made an appearance not to be taking the fight significantly, grinning at his opponent plus aiming only soft punches from him.
But then he demonstrated his power, launching a number of jabs and hooks to the mind of the 20-year-old Japanese fighter, delivering him to the canvas after only one minute with a left hook.
Sensing his opponent had been struggling, Mayweather stepped in for the particular kill, unleashing a flurry associated with punches that left Nasukawa reeling again within just two minutes from the bout and facing his 2nd standing count after a huge correct hook to the head.
With the Japanese fighter clearly combating to stay on his feet, the fitness instructor rushed in and stopped the particular fight with less than one minute of the very first round remaining.
“ It was all about entertainment. We had enjoyable, ” Mayweather said in the band after the event.
“ I’ m still retired. I actually don’ t look forward to coming back in order to boxing but I did this simply to entertain the fans in The japanese, ” added the 41-year-old.
The rules were very firmly defined: three, three-minute bouts plus boxing only — kickboxer Nasukawa was reportedly facing a $5 million fine if he targeted a kick at Mayweather.
There were no judges, along with only a knockout or technical knockout considered a victory in the round, promoted as a pure exhibition go with.
Crucially, the go with did not feature on the record associated with either man, allowing them each to retain a cherished unbeaten report.
“ This won’ t go on my record. This particular won’ t go on Tenshin’ t record. Tenshin is still undefeated. I’ m still undefeated. This is simply entertainment for the people, ” this individual added.
$9m meant for 9 minutes
The particular purse for the event was not revealed but “ Money” hinted upon Instagram that he would be making $1,000,000 per minute.
“ Imagine if I told you I was making $9, 000, 000 for nine moments of sparring in Tokyo, The japanese, ” he wrote on his public page. “ Would you do the exact same if you were me? I like to call it up a nine-minute walk thru, ” the post added.
Mayweather, a legend in the boxing world, has a perfect 50-0 report with 27 knockouts. He earned world titles in five various weight divisions and was regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sports activity.
Virtually unknown away from kickboxing ring in his own nation, Nasukawa from Chiba near Tokyo also boasts an unbeaten report.
He won the planet junior karate championship, made their professional kickboxing debut at the age of sixteen and has a 28-0 record along with 21 wins by knockout.
Promoters RIZIN have hailed him as “ perhaps the greatest combat sports prospect the country offers ever seen” and the 20-year-old themself had claimed he has a “ punch that boxers don’ big t have”.
But he or she hardly penetrated Mayweather’ s defences and barely made the old man break sweat.
This is actually the second time Mayweather has been coaxed out of retirement. Last year, he pulled out mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor in the 10th round of a super-hyped boxing match.
Additionally, there are unconfirmed rumours Mayweather could undertake reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who said last 30 days any match-up would be “ two times as interesting” as the McGregor fight.
Monday’ s Tokyo combat was on-off from the start.
It was announced out of the blue on Nov 5, with Mayweather saying this had “ always been a goal associated with mine to go outside out of the ALL OF US and display my talent”.
However , just as abruptly since it was announced, it was called away from just three days later.
Mayweather said he had already been “ blindsided” into the contest with the organisers.
But the marketer flew to the US to meet Mayweather and announced a week later the fight was back on, saying a “ misunderstanding” had been solved.