Conor McGregor slams Floyd Mayweather’s $9 million payday against Tenshin Nasukawa

Floyd Mayweather made bank when he destroyed Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in under one round on Rizin’s New Year’s eve card and Conor McGregor couldn’t resist himself from taking a swipe.

Mayweather (50-0) took on young Japanese kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa (28-0 Kickboxing, 4-0 MMA) in what was supposed to be a three round exhibition boxing bout at Rizin 14.

However, Mayweather didn’t coast to a boring decision as he usually does, and went straight at Tenshin, overwhelming the young kickboxer with his power early on in the fight. He knocked him down trice in the first round, forcing Tenshin’s corner to throw in the towel.

The event inspired a wide spectrum of reactions from the combat sports world, ranging from commending Floyd Mayweather for making $9 million for a few seconds of work to condemning the whole charade.

And unsurprisingly, former UFC dual champion Conor McGregor – who has a rich history with Floyd Mayweather – also chirped up on Twitter.

The tweet, of course, was in reference to how Floyd Mayweather was ranked as the highest earning athlete in 2018 with $285 million earning for the year. McGregor was on 4th place on the list with total earnings of $99 million- behind Mayweather, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

This tweet sparked off an entertaining exchange between McGregor and the CEO of Mayweather promotions Leonard Ellerbe.

McGregor’s response to Ellerbe, however, was typically witty, referencing Elon Musk’s flamethrower and Floyd’s strip club, Girl Collection.

Conor McGregor last fought at UFC 229 on October 6th, when he lost via fourth round submission to UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

He is currently awaiting a hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission to decide what his sentence would be for getting involved in an ugly post fight melee following the fight.

But despite needing to prove his prowess inside the Octagon to establish himself in the championship picture once again, it would seem that the beef between Floyd Mayweather and him hasn’t really died down.

Twitter accuses Floyd Mayweather of fixing fight against Tenshin Nasukawa

Floyd Mayweather made light work of undefeated kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa on the Rizin New Year’s Eve card, knocking him down thrice en route to stopping him within a round.

But as is always the case after every Floyd Mayweather fight, there is a vocal section of the fanbase that is crying foul.

This time, the accusations generally center around how fixed the bout appeared to some, with Nasukawa suffering three theatrical knockdowns at the hands of Floyd before his corner threw the towel in.

However, Nasukawa broke down inconsolably after the bout had been called, and his team hastily escorted him away from the cameras and the public in an attempt to save him the scrutiny in that moment of vulnerability – which, if fixed, was a phenomenal piece of acting.

Personally, I don’t subscribe to the notion that it was fixed. Floyd looked too big and too strong for Nasukawa. And Nasukawa didn’t have enough power going the other way to trouble Floyd – especially with 8 ounce gloves on.

But there were plenty of reactions on Twitter that suggested that it was indeed fixed, and we run through a number of them in this piece.

Have a read and leave your comments below. Was it a fixed fight or was Floyd just too good for Nasukawa?

 

Watch: Floyd Mayweather destroys Tenshin Nasukawa with 3 knockdowns in 1 round

Floyd Mayweather (50-0) took on Tenshin Nasukawa (28-0 in kickboxing, 4-0 in MMA) in a three round exhibition bout as part of Rizin’s new year’s eve card in Japan.

The master boxer, however, didn’t need even one round to finish Nasukawa, levelling the undefeated kickboxer with 3 huge knockdowns before his corner threw the towel in.

Floyd was just too big, too strong and too experienced for Nasukawa, and despite being 41 years old, made light work of his younger opponent.

Floyd fought most of his career at 130 pounds, though has moved up to 152 and 154 pounds to fight the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Conor McGregor. Nasukawa, on the other hand, plies his trade at the Flyweight limit in MMA (125 pounds).

That weight and resulting power differential was apparent in the fight. Floyd walked through Nasukawa’s punches while Nasukawa folded under Floyd’s.

You can watch the highlights below:

After the fight, Floyd was all class, telling an inconsolable Nasukawa to keep his head up despite the loss. He especially took pains to remind everyone that this was an exhibition bout and that it wouldn’t reflect on either his or Nasukawa’s record.

He wrapped up his post fight speech by reiterating that he is still retired and would not entertain a comeback fight.

 

 

Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa – live stream, updates, when and where to watch, start time, scores, results

Floyd Mayweather takes on Tenshin Nasukawa in a 3 round boxing exhibition bout to close out the year at Rizin 14 – that much all of you know about.

Here are all the rules surrounding the fight, where you can watch, what time it would be on and more information on the remainder of the fights on the card.

Rules set for Mayweather vs Nasukawa: 

  1. 3 Rounds of 3 minutes each of boxing
  2. There will be no judges scoring the bout
  3. If both men are standing at the end of three rounds, the bout will be ruled a draw
  4. The bout will be contested in 8 ounce boxing gloves
  5. The bout will be contested at 147 pounds
  6. The result of the fight will not be reflected on either Floyd Mayweather’s or Tenshin Nasukawa’s professional records.

Where you can watch it:

You can watch the fight (and the event) on Fite TV – but not from the US, Canada, Mexico and Japan. The fight will be broadcasted on Fuji TV in Japan.

What time it would be on:

The prelims start at 3 pm JST. Which is at 2 pm HKT/SGT.

What are the other fights on the card:

Here are all of the other fights on the card, including a super fight between Bellator Bantamweight Champion Darrion Caldwell and Rizin Champion Kyoji Horiguchi.

Brazilian behemoth Gabi Garcia is also on the card.

MAIN CARD

Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa – special boxing exhibition

Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – for bantamweight title

Kanna Asakura vs. Ayaka Hamasaki – for women’s super atomweight title

Brandon Halsey vs. Jiri Prochazka

Gabi Garcia vs. Barbara Nepomuceno

Daron Cruickshank vs. Damien Brown

Mika Nagano vs. Miyuu Yamamoto

PRELIMINARY CARD

Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Erson Yamamoto

Johnny Case vs. Yusuke Yachi

Yuki Motoya vs. Justin Scoggins

Ulka Sasake vs Manel Kape

Shinju Nozawa Auclair vs Justyna Haba

Tyson Nobumitsu vs Tofiq Musayev

Rena vs Samantha Jean-Francois

You can follow all the live updates, results and play by play action from the main card on our live blog that you can access HERE.

 

 

 

 

LIVE: Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa – updates, streaming, scores, results, watch live

Floyd Mayweather takes on Tenshin Nasukawa in a year end gala show at Rizin 14 in the Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.

You can live stream the event on Fite.tv but the special exhibition between Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa – which will be a 3 round boxing contest with no judges – will not be telecasted to audiences in the US, Canada, Mexico or Japan.

Also Read: Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa – live stream, updates, when and where to watch, start time, scores, results

If the fight goes the full three rounds, it will be ruled a draw. Either way, the result of the fight will not register on Floyd Mayweather’s perfect 50-0 boxing record or on Tenshin Nasukawa’s 28-0 kickboxing/ 4-0 MMA record.

The exhibition will be contested in the 147 pound weight class.

Floyd Mayweather last competed against former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in a boxing bout in 2017 – and finished the Irishman in the tenth round. After that, he has often times teased a rematch with McGregor in MMA and even invited current UFC Lightweight Champion and fellow undefeated fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov into the boxing ring.

However, he returns against Nasukawa in what is considered to be a big money exhibition fight.

The remainder of the card features Bellator Bantamweight Champion Darrion Caldweld traverse half the world to challenge Rizin Champion and former UFC contender Kyoji Horiguchi in a super fight. Gabi Garcia is also on the card.

Here are all the other fights on the card:

MAIN CARD

Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa – special boxing exhibition

Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – for bantamweight title

Kanna Asakura vs. Ayaka Hamasaki – for women’s super atomweight title

Brandon Halsey vs. Jiri Prochazka

Gabi Garcia vs. Barbara Nepomuceno

Daron Cruickshank vs. Damien Brown

Mika Nagano vs. Miyuu Yamamoto

PRELIMINARY CARD

Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Erson Yamamoto

Johnny Case vs. Yusuke Yachi

Yuki Motoya vs. Justin Scoggins

Ulka Sasake vs Manel Kape

Shinju Nozawa Auclair vs Justyna Haba

Tyson Nobumitsu vs Tofiq Musayev

Rena vs Samantha Jean-Francois

 

Nasukawa vows to ‘take down’ relaxed Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr says he can do three rounds in his sleep, but Tenshin Nasukawa plans to give him a wake-up call.

Tenshin Nasukawa has vowed to “take down” Floyd Mayweather Jr in their three-round exhibition bout on New Year’s Eve.

Japanese kickboxer Nasukawa and Mayweather will contest what the American described as “a little boxing exhibition” in Saitama.

Nasukawa is determined to make the most of his nine minutes in the ring with the legendary boxer, who initially retired in September 2015 before returning just under two years later to take on Conor McGregor.

“People in Japan, listen – I will take down Mayweather,” said the 20-year-old, who competes in the Rizin Fighting Federation in both kickboxing and mixed martial arts.

“You should look forward to it.”

Mayweather is taking a far more relaxed approach to what he says will be “the highest paid exhibition ever” and is not concerned by his lack of activity since stopping McGregor in August 2017.

“It’s just another day. Another day like I wake up, take shower, put my clothes on,” the 41-year-old said.

“Fighting is something I’ve done for over 30 years, so it’s just another day. I worry about entertaining and things, but once the bell rings, it’s always entertainment. So it is about having fun, going out there and doing my best.

“Me getting knocked out or me getting knocked down … I don’t worry about it at all. If that does happen, I mean that’s entertainment. That’s all we need to see.

“I mean, I’m sure he’s taking this fight extremely serious, he’s working out at this gym. [But] it’s just another day. I don’t have to work hard for three rounds. I can basically do three rounds in my sleep. So I don’t worry about that.”

Mayweather ‘completely blindsided’, denies Nasukawa agreement

The New Year’s Eve bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Tenshin Nasukawa looks to be off, as the American insists he did not agree to it.

Floyd Mayweather Jr claims he was “completely blindsided” by the announcement he would face Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, insisting he agreed only to a brief exhibition.

Rizin Fighting Federation announced a bout between Mayweather and Nasukawa for New Year’s Eve earlier this week, with the two fighters appearing alongside one another at a media event in Tokyo.

Yet boxer Mayweather, now back in the United States, says he never agreed to fight Nasukawa and understood that he would have an exhibition bout against an unnamed Rizin fighter for “a very large fee”.

The 41-year-old, who boasts a perfect 50-0 record, explained he did not want to let down fans who travelled from around the world to be in Japan by causing a scene at the promotional news conference and insists he is still retired.

“Now that I am back on US soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media, in regards to the upcoming event on December 31 that was recently announced,” Mayweather wrote on Instagram.

“First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan.

“Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a nine-minute exhibition of three rounds with an opponent selected by the Rizin Fighting Federation. What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of One Entertainment was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee.

Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regard to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced. First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan. Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a 9 minute exhibition of 3 rounds with an opponent selected by the “Rizen Fighting Federation”. What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of “One Entertainment” was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee. This exhibition was previously arranged as a “Special Bout” purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide. Once I arrived to the press conference, my team and I were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going and we should have put a stop to it immediately. I want to sincerely apologize to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference and I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent nor approval. For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry. I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.

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“This exhibition was previously arranged as a ‘special bout’, purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide.

“Once I arrived to the press conference, my team and I were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going and we should have put a stop to it immediately.

“I want to sincerely apologise to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference and I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent nor approval.

“For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry.

“I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.”

Mayweather has recently talked up the possibility of facing UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov, having defeated rival Conor McGregor in the ring last year.

UFC president Dana White insisted any clash between Mayweather and Nurmagomedov would have to take place in the octagon, with the proposed contest against Nasukawa seen as a potential first mixed martial arts fight for the American.

Special rules for Mayweather-Nasukawa fight revealed

Floyd Mayweather may be fighting in an exhibition fight on December 31st, but it is probably just a boxing bout and it’s not going to affect his record.

It was announced recently that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0, 27 KOs) would fight the young and undefeated Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa (27-0 in Kickboxing, 4-0 in MMA) on December 31st in Japan, under the banner of RIZIN Fighting Federation.

However, not many details surrounding the bout have emerged since, leaving it up to pure conjecture as to what rules the fight would take place under.

Tenshin Nasukawa: What you need to know about Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent

Boxing Scene, who are usually quite reliable with their inside scoops, have reported that despite all the talk of Floyd potentially agreeing to some form of a mixed rules match-up which would incorporate other disciplines apart from just boxing, that the bout is expected to be a three 3-minute round boxing exhibition.

As such, whether Floyd wins or loses, it wouldn’t reflect either way on his unblemished boxing record.

It is also expected that the bout will not be priced and marketed like Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view events are generally done when he fights under Showtime’s promotion, i.e in the USD 75-100 range. Instead, Showtime doesn’t seem to be involved in this venture, for which the bulk of the promotional onus falls on RIZIN.

It is also rumoured that an online streaming service like ESPN + or DAZN may pick up on the bout and stream it the world over.

(Photo Credit: RIZIN FF)

UFC star Conor McGregor comments on Floyd Mayweather and his RIZIN fight

UFC superstar Conor McGregor pokes fun at Floyd Mayweather and his pending fight in RIZIN against Tenshin Nasukawa.

The American boxer has a 50-0 record and recently revealed he is coming out of retirement to face Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve.

At the moment, details on the fight like the rules have yet to be revealed, but it seems McGregor has vested interest on the coming fight.

On his Instagram account, McGregor throws some verbal jabs towards Mayweather and his opponent, comparing them to a movie at one point.

McGregor once shared the ring with Mayweather when they fought in a boxing competition in August 2017. Then, McGregor was a UFC superstar and Mayweather was also a retired boxer.

The American took advantage of his wealth of experience in the boxing ring as he dominated McGregor en route to a TKO win in the 10th round.

Tenshin Nasukawa: What you need to know about Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent

It was announced earlier today that Floyd Mayweather will face kickboxer turned MMA fighter Tenshin Nasukawa. The announcement was made earlier today at a press conference from RIZIN Fight Federation.

The boxing legend will face his 20-year old opponent in a fight that will be under “special rules”. The fight will take place on 31st December 2018 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Nasukawa believes he can become the first man to beat Floyd Mayweather, something he reaffirmed during the press conference:

You might be surprised after hearing this announcement, and honestly speaking I’m a little surprised myself. Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past and I would like to be the man who makes history. My punch can change history and I will show that to you.

Nasukawa’s record

Tenshin Nasukawa was a decorated amateur kickboxer before he turned professional. He had an amateur record of 99-5.

His incredible record only continued after turning professional. By the time he was 18, he already had a 16-0 record as a professional. The Japanese sensation’s kickboxing record stood at 27-0 when he decided to transition to mixed martial arts. His fledgling MMA career has gone off to a flying start with a record of 4-0. He will now be in the biggest fight of his life on 31st December 2018 against Floyd Mayweather.

 

Nasukawa in action

Take a look at Mayweather’s next opponent in the video below:

He believes there’s life in outer space

Some people believe in intelligent life in outer space and Nasukawa seems to be one of them. In an interview by MixedMartialArts.com, he was asked whether he believed there’s life in outer space. Nasukawa said the following:

There is definitely life outside of Earth for sure. I believe they were here before us.

 

He started karate at 5 years old

Tenshin Nasukawa’s father wanted his family to do martial arts to benefit from the discipline and focus. Nasukawa started the class at 5-years old alongside his family. He was winning national level competitions by the time he was 16. At 20, he will take on boxing legend Floyd Mayweather on new year’s ever.

 

Southpaw

Unlike his opponent, Nasukawa is a southpaw and his punches come with knockout power. He also has a nice left roundhouse kick and uses his speed, picking his strikes. Some southpaws have given Mayweather trouble in the past and with him outside of his comfort zone, Nasukawa definitely has a good chance of being another.

(Photo Credit: RIZIN FF)