By Mark Elezaj
Rizin 14, the annual New Year’s Eve event from Japanese mixed martial arts promotion Rizin Fighting Federation, put together a fight card that featured some of the top martial arts talent from around the world. Fighters like Japanese bantamweight Kyoji Horiguchi and hulking female grappler Gabi Garcia from Brazil entered the ring and put on a show for the sell out crowd.
But that wasn’t why everyone was there. They were there to witness boxings biggest star, Floyd “Money” Mayweather take on Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in a three, 3-minute round exhibition boxing match.
To start things off, Mayweather Jr. arrived several hours late to the event. But once he got to the arena, the show went on as planned and Mayweather showed why he’s “The Best Ever.”
From the opening bell, Mayweather showed little respect for Nasukawa, fainting with real punches, waiting to see what Nasukawa was going to do. Mayweather then came forward, landing a pair of body shots that sent Nasukawa to the canvas.
Nasukawa struggled to get back to his feet, his face showing the pain he felt from Mayweather’s shots. Mayweather went back on the attack, landing a huge right hand that dropped Nasukawa again. Tenshin was able to get back to his feet once again, but Mayweather continued to be the aggressor and landed a left hook that sent him to the floor again, forcing his corner to throw in the towel.
After his victory, Mayweather insisted he did not change his mind and that he is retired.
“It was all about entertainment. We had fun,” Mayweather said. “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.”
Being that this was an exhibition bout, the fight will not go on either Mayweather’s or Nasukawa’s professional record. However, Mayweather still made $9 million according to his latest social media post.
This was the first time in more than 20 years that one of Mayweather’s fights hadn’t been broadcast either by HBO or Showtime, or on pay-per-view.
~The Fighting Voice~