Floyd Mayweather stops Tenshin Nasukawa in 139 seconds, earns $9 USD mil in less than three minutes
American boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Japanese kickboxer and mixed martial artist Tenshin Nasukawa faced off inside the square circle on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31, 2018). The pair headlined the “Rizin 14” fight card held at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The encounter was an exhibition boxing matchup at catchweight with the limit of 66.7 kg (147 lbs). The bout was scheduled for three rounds with no winner announced at the end.
Although the knockout was not promised the bout ended prior the final bell. A much bigger Mayweather stopped Nasukawa in the very first round.
With a smile on his face, it took “Money” 139 seconds to drop Japanese fighter three times. After the third eight count the corner of the latter threw in the towel and the fight was stopped (video via Mirror.co.uk).
“I want to say thank you. It was about entertainment and we had fun,” said Floyd Mayweather, who reportedly earned $9 USD million ($12.8 AUD mil). “I want to thank God for this turn out and the event. Tokyo, I want to say thank you.”
Although the bout was an exhibition, it was the first time when Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepped inside the boxing ring as a professional outside of the United States. The fight result does not go on the record books as a contest.
“We are both still undefeated. He [Nasukawa] 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.”
It was the first outing of 41-year-old boxing legend since August 2017 when he stopped UFC star Conor McGregor in Round 10. Floyd Mayweather holds the record of 50 wins out of 50 fights with 27 KO’s.