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Floyd Mayweather: Nasukawa fight is about ‘entertainment’

The fight won’t go on anyone’s official record.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Tenshin Nasukawa Media Availability & Workout Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Floyd Mayweather is set to go to Japan for a RIZIN fight with kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31, and after the fight’s official rules were revealed, it’s clear that there’s no real reason for anyone to much care what happens in this event.

In that regard, Mayweather said the fight is about entertainment:

“It is all about the entertainment. Nine minutes of entertainment... I’m in the entertainment business.”

Mayweather, 41, is 50-0 in his boxing career, and hasn’t had a fight against a boxer since his 2015 win over Andre Berto. He did face UFC superstar Conor McGregor in 2017, but now that we’re done milking that thing for traffic and the fighters are done milking it for money, there’s no reason to pretend it was anything more than a novelty bout in the end. (Not that McGregor in particular wasn’t doing his best or that any fight doesn’t come with dangers, mind you.)

Anyway, this whole thing is just a chance for Mayweather to get paid in Japan, and if they’re willing to give him good money, why shouldn’t he? The risks of him getting knocked out by a much smaller man who can’t use his full skill set are pretty remote, and if it goes the full three rounds they’re not even going to announce a winner or loser.

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