Floyd Mayweather’s new nickname should be “Sideshow Money”.
The 41-year-old former five-division world champion faced Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa for a three-round exhibition in Japan. As a result, it took less than one full round for Nasukawa to get the point.
Mayweather floored Nasukawa three times before his corner threw in the towel on the exhibition match humbling Nasukawa. The 20-year-old kickboxing champion left the ring in tears.
Mayweather had his first pro fight in October 1996, more than 18 months before Nasukawa was born, but even the friendly circumstances are liable to drag the competitive side out of the 50-0 king.
Nasukawa has never boxed professionally before. It is laughable that the fight even happened. Blame for the wasted bout is on the Rizin organization.
“I want to say thank you to Tenshin. It’s all about entertainment,” Mayweather said. “This don’t go on my record. This don’t go on Tenshin’s record. Tenshin is still undefeated. I’m still undefeated. This was just entertainment for the people.”
Mayweather made $9 million for a scheduled 9 minutes of sparring. When the Japanese promoters tried to blow it up as a real face-off, Mayweather laughed all the way to the bank.
Still, the 13 fights that preceded it were mere afterthoughts. Bellator bantamweight champion, Darrion Caldwell took an ‘L’ via guillotine choke submission to Kyoji Horiguchi.
No one cares, especially Mayweather who “exhibited” his natural abilities for only 139 seconds.