Floyd Mayweather Defeats Tenshin Nasukawa via TKO in New Year's Eve Exhibition

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Light heavyweight boxer Callum Johnson wrote on Twitter: 'Floyd Mayweather just went Tenshin bowling and got paid millions for it'.

Essentially retired from professional boxing, it's the second time in succession Mayweather has taken on a fighter making his boxing debut - after he fought, and stopped, Conor McGregor in 2017.

Some suggested that he wasn't taking it seriously and would just coast through the nine minutes and leave Tokyo with a cheque for $9 million dollars, having provided some shine to Nasukawa.

There is still speculation that Mayweather could be interested in coming out of retirement for the victor of Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner on January 19th. Mayweather landed a good body shot and a left hook and Nasukawa goes to the mat.

After the fight, Mayweather said: "It was all about entertainment".

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.

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Former world champion and Olympic gold medallist Andre Ward was more sympathetic, saying: "Mayweather was following in the footsteps of other legendary fighters who used exhibitions to stay in shape and keep n contact with fans". After the third knockdown, Nasukawa's corner threw in the towel, and referee Kenny Bayless, who has worked several of Mayweather's biggest real fights, waved it off. "I'm still retired. I don't look forward to coming back to boxing".

"I'm still undefeated. Tenshin is still undefeated".

"I want to thank God for this turn out and the event".

Mayweather rocked up to the arena late, causing a 90-minute delay to the scheduled fight time, with a flooded hotel lobby blamed for his delayed arrival.

MMA writers pondered how good Conor McGregor really was, given the Irish UFC megastar took Mayweather 10 rounds in their 2017 exhibition fight; which made Mayweather almost $US200 million.

'Tenshin hold your head up high, I want the fans to support him, he's a great guy, a great fighter and great champion.