Here is how Floyd Mayweather earned $9m in 139 seconds

Undefeated pound for pound boxer Floyd Mayweather knocked out Japanese Tenshin Nasukawa in 139 seconds in an exhibition bout on New Year’s Day.

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather nicknamed ‘Money’ knocked down Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa three times in the first round before his corner threw in the towel in an exhibition bout staged in Tokyo on Monday.

Mayweather received $9 million dollars for the fight, but the victory was too swift.

In an interview after the fight, he said that the event was “all about entertainment” and that he was “still retired.”

“It was all about entertainment. We had fun,” Mayweather said of the event (via ESPN). “I’m still retired. I don’t look forward to coming back to boxing.

"I did it just to entertain fans in Japan. I’m still retired, I’m still 50-0, and Nasukawa is still undefeated and a hell of a fighter.”

Nasukawa, just 20 years old but in possession of a 28-0 record in kickboxing and a 4-0 mark in MMA, was reportedly left in tears at the result. There were no official judges for the fight, which was staged under boxing-only rules that reportedly included a stipulation that Nasukawa would be subject to a $5 million penalty if he were to kick Mayweather.

The fight began after a lengthy wait for Mayweather to emerge at Saitama Super Arena, providing reason for some to wonder if he would show up at all, given the uncertainty over the event. News of it had emerged in November, with the fight initially presented as if it were an official contest for which Mayweather would come out of retirement, much as he did in August 2017 to take on Conor McGregor.

However, Mayweather quickly claimed that he “never agreed to an official bout” and instead was under the impression that he was going to participate in an “exhibition” match in front of a “small group of wealthy spectators.” Eventually, he confirmed that the fight would take place, telling TMZ Sports, “I’m moving around with the guy for 9 minutes, and of course it’s gonna be the highest paid exhibition ever.”

Once he entered the ring, Mayweather appeared to be taking the bout lightly, smiling at Nasukawa and flicking a few halfhearted punches. Soon, though, Mayweather went on the attack and was able to land several clean, hard shots that sent Nasukawa sprawling to the canvas.


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