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Undefeated Mayweather beats Tenshin Nasukawa like a baby (Highlights)


U.S. boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr, left, knocks down Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa during Monday's exhibition bout in Tokyo. Mayweather won by a technical knockout in the first round.

Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement briefly to score a lucrative victory in an exhibition boxing match in Japan over kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa that will do more for his bank balance than it did for the reputation of combat sports.


The 20-year-old, who is unbeaten in professional kickboxing and mixed martial arts, was sent crashing to the canvas three times in the first round by Mayweather, leading the Japanese fighter's corner to throw in the towel in Tokyo.

The fight topped the bill for the prestigious New Year's Eve event promoted by Rizin, one of Asia's fast-growing mixed martial arts organizations, at the Saitama Super Arena, and though it has drawn international attention, it was little more than a shrewd branding move for all concerned.


But for Mayweather, it was about more than just entertainment — the 41-year-old American intimated on Instagram that he would be paid nine million dollars for the fight, which was scheduled for three rounds.

Fought at a weight limit of 147 pounds, there were no judges in attendance and the fight does not count toward the professional record of either fighter.

"It was all about entertainment — we had fun," Mayweather said in the ring following his win.

"The fans in Japan, they wanted this to happen, so I said why not. Once again, I'm still retired, I'm still 50-0, Tenshin is a great champion," he added.



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