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Floyd Mayweather wins handily in RIZIN exhibition boxing match

Floyd vs. Tenshin

Image: The Evening Standard

Somewhat retired boxer Floyd Mayweather returned to the ring Monday in Japan for RIZIN's annual New Year's Eve show, easily dispatching his undersized opponent in less than three minutes.

The four-round exhibition against young and talented kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa didn't make it out of the first round as Mayweather knocked Nasukawa down three times, the third of which caused his corner to throw in the towel.

The 41-year-old was smiling for much of the fight, blocking the 20-year-old's punches and landing body and head shots that hurt Nasukawa quite badly.

Mayweather said he made $9 million for the appearance which was thought to be off at one point as Mayweather bizarrely said it wasn't happening despite appearing at a press conference days before. There was a two-hour delay Monday at the event which raised concerns he was going to no-show.

Following the show, the undefeated Mayweather insisted he is still retired.

Strangely, the fight wasn't available for US RIZIN PPV buyers, but was widely available on Twitter after it happened: