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

Cristina Cross
January 1, 2019

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.

As for Mayweather - don't be surprised if he picks up another one of these easy pay day boxing matches in the new year.

Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa went to battle in Japan for Rizin 14's New Year's Eve event.

Under the headline: 'Was the Floyd Mayweather fight fixed?' Jesse Holland wrote on mmamania.com: "Most of what I've seen online about the fight being fixed stems from Nasukawa's knockdowns".

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Many were quick to poke fun at the farcical exhibition fight in Japan, with one user writing: 'Mayweather is an all-time great but there's thousands of 154lbs boxers who could have done that to Tenshin.

Mayweather's record remains 50-0 as the fight was just an exhibition and won't count on his record. Mayweather has made a career out of beating inferior fighters.

There are also unconfirmed rumours Mayweather could take on reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who said last month any match-up would be "twice as interesting" as the McGregor fight. Tokyo, I want to say thank you. They wanted this to happen in Japan, so I said 'why not?'. That said, nobody should blame Mayweather for getting paid for essentially doing nothing. The fight, a three-rounder had it gone the distance, will not appear on either fighter's official record.

The American himself insisted afterwards that he is still very much retired and hinted that this could be his last outing in a ring.

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Most interestingly for our purposes here, if you take the two minutes and 12 seconds it took for the fight to be finished and break it down to 132 seconds, Mayweather made an even more impressive $68,181 PER SECOND for the fight - a lot of money even by Mayweather's standards.

"I want the fans all around the world to support him".

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. So once again, I'm still retired. He is a great champion and a great fighter.

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