Floyd Mayweather Knocked Out Tenshin Nasukawa In First Round Of Exhibition Fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks in Tokyo

Mayweather, participating in a boxing exhibition against a 20-year-old kickboxer who fights 20 pounds below his normal weightclass, told media he was making $9 million to headline the year-end event in what equated to a sparring match.

As for Mayweather - don't be surprised if he picks up another one of these easy pay day boxing matches in the new year.

Floyd Mayweather knocks dwon Tenshin Nasukawa.

Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa
Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa

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.

The combat sports world is abuzz with the results of the one-sided 'fight.' Many are calling it a work after Nasukawa was sent flopping about the ring for one round before his corner mercifully stopped it. The 41-year-old Mayweather was 50-0 heading into the fight, while the 20-year-old Nasukawa was also undefeated.

Then Mayweather called off the fight just as quickly as it was announced. Toyko, Japan - you guys are incredible - I want to say "Thank you". I did it just to entertain fans in Japan. That said, nobody should blame Mayweather for getting paid for essentially doing nothing. This don't go on my record - this don't go on Tenshin's record.

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MMA writers pondered how good Conor McGregor really was, given the Irish UFC megastar took Mayweather 10 rounds in their 2017 exhibition fight; which made Mayweather almost $US200 million.

The fight descended into a farce when another dig from Mayweather left Nasuwaka staggering back like a drunk before falling down for a second time.

Thank you very much, Mayweather players who fought. He's a great guy, he's a guy fighter.

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"I want the fans all around the world to support him. He's a great champion".

There were silly rumours that Mayweather would throw the bout because it would not count on his pristine professional record but it would make himself appear beatable for his next outing, which could well be a rematch with Manny Pacquiao.

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