Floyd Mayweather couldn’t let 2018 close without making some easy money first.
Mayweather defeated 20-year-old Tenshin Nasukawa on Monday at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. According to the Mirror, Mayweather knocked down his opponent three times in the opening round before Nasukawa’s corner threw in the towel and ended the exhibition fight.
— GIF Skull – #WeHereToo (@GIFSkull) December 31, 2018
The fight was televised in Japan and available around the world as a pay-per-view on a combat sports app — except in North America, where Mayweather apparently did not want the fight seen.
“It was all about entertainment,” Floyd said after the brief fight. “We had fun. Tokyo, you were amazing, but I’m still retired. We’re both still undefeated. Tenshin is still a champion and a great fighter.”
Floyd claims to have earned $9 million for the exhibition, bragging that it was a million dollars a minute for a “walk thru.”
💰 $9m for the fight.
💰 $9m for one round.
💰 $3m per minute.
💰 $50k per second. pic.twitter.com/gj5BfW5BSf
— Boxing Breaking (@BoxingBreaking) December 31, 2018
The 41-year-old Mayweather bragged on social media about being out of shape for the fight and just being an “old man,” before clearly outclassing his novice opponent, knocking Nasukawa down with body shots, a right hand and left hook in succession, before the Japanese kick boxer’s corner had seen enough in only the first round. Floyd is a showman and a true master manipulator.
Floyd loves the spotlight and loves the attention. Expect another one of these showcases in 2019.