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02nd Jan 2019

Floyd Mayweather barely trained ahead of exhibition bout in Japan

Mayweather wasn't afraid of a shock

Darragh Murphy

Floyd Mayweather said beforehand that he could do three rounds in his sleep and after seeing his performance on New Year’s Eve, you’d imagine he probably could

Floyd Mayweather needed just two minutes to send undefeated Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa to the canvas on three occasions and force the stoppage in an unusual exhibition contest to close out the Rizin 14 card on Monday.

The 50-0 boxing legend didn’t fear the possibility of a shock in Japan because he admitted that he barely trained for the contest which proved that there are very clear levels to boxing.

“Did I have a training camp for this fight? No,” Mayweather said during the post-fight press conference.

“I went to the gym a few times and moved around with Daquan (Mays), a young champion on the rise. Now, I’m going to call him a champion now — he could be a champion, which I believe he can, with experience, and if he listened. He’s young, he has a lot to learn, but he will be okay.

“I’m just happy he was able to move around with me, just a little bit, just to get the kinks out, so I can come out here and perform for you guys.”

The 41-year-old has never been one to get out of shape in between fights and even in retirement, Mayweather likes to stay in peak physical condition but the former five-weight world champion does not have any plans to return to the ring in an official capacity.