This was just an odd matchup and fight when it was announced. After the smoke cleared, it became a three-round boxing match, falling fully in Mayweather's wheelhouse.
According to Floyd's Instagram, the boxer earned $9 million for the fight, boasting that it only took him nine minutes to make all that money. But Nasukawa is reported to have taken the fight seriously and seemed to be surprised by Mayweather's power in the ring. "I'm still retired, I'm still 50-0, and Nasukawa is still undefeated and a hell of a fighter".
Floyd Mayweather Destroys Japanese 20-Year-Old In Exhibition Fight
In 2017, it was the mega-money fight with UFC fighter Conor McGregor and this time around, the former world champion had his sights set on Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa. "I'm still retired - I don't look forward to coming back to boxing but I wanted to do this to entertain the fans in Japan".
Mayweather said he had been "blindsided" into the contest by the organisers. "This don't go on my record".
With Kenny Bayless in the ring, a ludicrous size advantage and the rules favouring Mayweather, there was no way that Floyd was going to lose Monday's exhibition fight.
The plan, Mayweather and Pacquiao had both said, would be to still fight a rematch sometime in 2019, a Pacquiao victory being assumed. "Thank you to the fans you guys have been fantastic". The bleach-blond kickboxer, who made his professional debut at age 16, said before the fight: "I want to be the man who changes history".
"Everyone, thank you again for this year".
While many western audiences may not be familiar with the Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa, fans do know the name Floyd Mayweather with ensured that interest in this bout would reach monumental heights. He's a great guy, he's a guy fighter. Well, when he's picked up a million dollars a minute, who can blame him?