'Shouldn't have been allowed' - Critics weigh in on Floyd Mayweather mismatch

Nasukawa vows to 'take down' relaxed Mayweather

Nasukawa vows to 'take down' relaxed Mayweather

On New Years Eve in Tokyo, Japan (Monday morning in North America), Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa stepped through the ropes for an exhibition boxing match with undefeated legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The circus that has surrounded Floyd Mayweather's new year bout in Japan against Tenshin Nasukawa lived up to that billing on a rather farcical occasion. 50-0 Mayweather does not get to add another digit to his record given the status of this match-up but he does get to add $9 million to his bank account, not bad for 139 seconds work.

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

Mayweather, a legend in the boxing world, has a ideal 50-0 record with 27 knockouts.

Then Mayweather called off the fight just as quickly as it was announced. He was gracious in victory, hugging the weeping Nasukawa and calling him "still a great champion". They wanted this to happen in Japan, so I said 'why not?'.

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The 41-year old Mayweather seemed loose and smiled for most of the bout as he easily blocked the punches from the 20-year old kickboxer.

The fight was the conclusion of a weird buildup that featured Mayweather repeatedly claiming it was off and then back on again. "This don't go on my record".

Since this was an exhibition bout, with no official judges, the fight will not go on Mayweather's professional boxing record.

"Everyone, thank you again this year". He is a great champion and a great fighter. I want to thank God for this event, for my team. "He is a great fighter and a great champion".

After all, if he can make millions for not training seriously, showing up late to the arena and going through the motions of fighting for a couple of minutes, take the money - if anyone would actually pay for another one of these farces.

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