One Last Worthy Opponent – the ill fated Floyd Mayweather Special Exhibition remains on the ropes
Floyd Mayweather is set to face Logan Paul in an exhibition fight on Sunday night, but it’s not his first time experiencing such a contest.
The 50-0 boxing legend ended his sanctioned professional career with victory over Conor McGregor in 2017.
Since then, he’s insisted that he is retired, but willing to get involved in exhibitions for the right amount of money.
On New Years’ Eve at the end of 2018, he did just that.
Mayweather flew to Tokyo after being offered $9million by Japanese MMA promotion RIZIN for a three-round exhibition against 20-year-old kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
Their idea was to have the unbeaten prospect massively develop his global profile by sharing the ring with one of the most recognisable faces on the planet.
It didn’t quite go as planned.
Floyd battered Tenshin in one round
Details slowly trickled out as it emerged that Mayweather, whose previous bout against McGregor was fought at 154lbs, would be facing a featherweight in Nasukawa who’d last competed at 128lbs.
American veteran Kenny Bayless, who’d refereed multiple Mayweather fights, was even brought in to officiate.
Nasukawa entered the 37,000 capacity Saitama Super Arena to a hero’s welcome.
The Japanese crowd vociferously cheered on the man they optimistically hoped was about to become a new national icon.
Mayweather was rapped out by his son Koraun, with the pair brashly dancing all the way to the ring.
Mayweather laughed at his opponent in the fight
Floyd began by toying with his opponent, throwing jokey punches that weren’t even jabs.
The 41-year-old took up a mock stance, waved his left arm and made comical noises taunting Nasukawa.
He then swiftly switched gears.
Within the next few minutes, Floyd floored Nasukawa three times and ended the contest.
You could hear a pin drop in the arena as 37,000 stunned fans, who’d waited several additional hours on New Year’s Eve for this bout, witnessed their national hope demolished in three brutal minutes.
Nasukawa was seen crying on camera and Mayweather began his victory dance.
The humiliation was complete.