Mayweather beats Japan's Nasukawa by technical knockout

Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa lies on the mat after being knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. during first round of their three-round exhibition match on New Year's Eve at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama north of Tokyo Monday Dec. 31 2018

"We had fun", Mayweather said in the ring after the event. "I'm still retired, I'm still 50-0, and Nasukawa is still undefeated and a hell of a fighter".

Mayweather showed up about two hours later than scheduled to the Saitama Prefecture Super Arena in Saitama, Japan - about a half-hour drive outside of Tokyo - on Monday to headline the Rizin Fighting Federation's New Year's Eve mixed combat sports card.

Once the fight finished, Mayweather stated that he is still retired and will not be coming back to box in an official capacity. However, the fight was still worth $9 million to Mayweather, according to what he disclosed on social media recently.

"I want to thank God for this turn out and the event".

Although he put on a great performance, it won't count on Mayweather's boxing record.

Amid fears it wasn't even going ahead.

The contest was eventually waved off after Nasukawa was floored on three occasions, with the final knockdown leaving him flailing against the ropes.

Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa lies on the mat after being knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. during first round of their three-round exhibition match on New Year's Eve at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama north of Tokyo Monday Dec. 31 2018

He won the world junior karate championship, made his professional kickboxing debut at the age of 16 and has a 28-0 record with 21 wins by knockout. You can say that again, mate. "I'll do that with these fists, with one punch - just watch".

Mayweather began smiling and relaxed.

Mayweather defeated Nasukawa via a first-round TKO.

But Mayweather's laser-like accuracy saw another left hook find the target.

Boxers have faced MMA fighters before.

You can see below for yourself just how one-sided this fight was, with Mayweather just rolling over his opponent over easily, not even having to get out of first gear to beat this opponent.

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