It took less than three minutes for Floyd Mayweather to knock down his Japanese kickboxer opponent Tenshin Nasukawa three times in a totally one-sided bout of exhibition boxing on New Year’s Eve. And believe it or not, Mayweather made cool USD 12.8 Million for his new year’s eve effort, almost USD 91,428 for every second of time spent in the ring against the Japanese.
Nasukawa’s father threw in the towel after 140 seconds of the first round on Monday as his 20-year-old son bravely teetered around the ring trying to get up.
It was a quick and definitive victory for the 41-year-old American. Mayweather was gracious in victory, hugging the weeping Nasukawa and calling him “still a great champion”. Nasukawa, however, barely landed a clean punch against the vastly more experienced Mayweather.
Mayweather declared his earnings for the night via social media. According to the American, who posted on Instagram indicating he was receiving $12.8 million.
“I like to call it a 9 minute walk thru #Tokyo #Japan”.
The rules for the three-round contest — organised by The Rizin Fighting Federation and held at Saitama Super Arena on the northern outskirts of Tokyo — were no kicking allowed and no official record of the match.
Mayweather said: “Tenshin is still undefeated. I’m still undefeated.”
Mayweather has won all 50 of his pro fights, while Nasukawa has an undefeated record in kickboxing and mixed martial arts.
“It’s all about having fun,” Mayweather told reporters after the fight, praising Nasukawa as a “young hungry lion”.
The Mayweather-Nasukawa bout wrapped up an evening of more than a dozen fights.
Mayweather, who hadn’t fought since beating UFC star Conor McGregor more than a year ago, said he was retired and came to Tokyo to give an opportunity to a younger fighter like Nasukawa.