Floyd Mayweather Jr. emerged as the last man standing in his exhibition fight against kickboxing phenom, Tenhsin Nasukawa, at RIZIN 14 on New Year’s Eve.
While most fans criticised the fight for its theatrical act, one of Mayweather’s biggest rival, Conor McGregor, chose to comment on the undefeated boxer’s reported $9 million-paycheck and how would this affect his rankings in the list of highest-earning athletes in the world.
Floyd Mayweather defeated Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa by TKO in the 1st round of an exhibition in Tokyo. pic.twitter.com/yzUr9K32zf
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 31, 2018
Floyd Mayweather took on Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in a bizarre match-up at RIZIN’s New Year’s Eve offering. There wasn’t much anticipation for this fight after the undefeated boxer confirmed that it was going to be a three-round three-minute exhibition fight under boxing rules.
But Mayweather revealed in November that he would make a gratuitous amount of money from this exhibition, so he immediately changed his mind a week after denying that he agreed with the Japanese promotion to square off with one of its most talented stars.
When the dust settled, it was Mayweather who came out on top, but unlike his previous bouts, he did not cruise to a decision victory. He coasted to a first-round stoppage win after knocking down Nasukawa thrice in the opening round, which led to his cornerman throwing in the towel.
Fans quickly criticised the outcome of the match, saying it was “fake” and “rigged” and worked on Mayweather’s favour. But whether it was staged or not, the boxing legend was still a big winner as he took home a fight payday amounting to $9 million.
Conor McGregor Blast Floyd Mayweather
Conor McGregor, who previously shared the boxing ring with Mayweather way back in 2017, has some words for his rival after earning a massive paycheck from RIZIN’s exhibition fight. “The Notorious” has taken to social media to take a swipe on Mayweather’s wealth.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 1, 2019
The tweet was about Mayweather’s current position in the Forbes’ highest-earning athlete in 2018, where McGregor placed fourth behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and Mayweather Jr. Last year, the former UFC two-division champion amassed total earnings of $99 million while the undefeated boxer made $285 million.
McGregor made a disclosed $3 million from his showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October, where he was submitted in the fourth round. After failing to recapture the lightweight strap, an ugly brawl broke out at the T-mobile arena involving the two UFC stars, which put them under indefinite suspension served by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Aside from busy promoting his Proper No. 12 whiskey, the Irishman is currently awaiting the sentence from NSAC for his participation in the infamous melee. While it may take a while before we see McGregor grace the Octagon again, let us just enjoy for now his never-ending beef with Floyd Mayweather Jr, which is always fun to watch.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Conor McGregor and Tenshin Nasukawa)