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Floyd Mayweather comes out of retirement to defeat Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of exhibition worth $9 million

It took Floyd Mayweather just over two minutes to floor Nasukawa three times before the Japanese fighter's corner threw in the towel to end the exhibition fight rumoured to be worth a $9 million.

Mayweather, 41, came out of retirement to take on the 20 year old Japanese kickboxer in a bout on the Rizin 14 card at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

The fight was due to consist of three three-minute rounds, but Mayweather toyed with his opponent, forcing him to hit the canvas three times before the contest ended after just 139 seconds.

Nasukawa was pulled out by his corner as they threw the towel in with the kickboxer in tears.

Former five-weight world champion Mayweather said after the bout, "It was all about entertainment - we had a lot of fun.

"They wanted this to happen in Japan, so I said 'why not?'

"I'm still undefeated; Tenshin is still undefeated. Tenshin is a true champion and a hell of a fighter.

Addressing the Japanese kickboxer, who was visibly upset in his corner, Mayweather said, "Hold your head up high.

"I want the fans around the world to support Tenshin, he's a great guy and a great champion."

Floyd insisted after the bout that he is "still retired".

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