Just when you think Floyd Mayweather is finally retired, he comes up with a new way to return to the ring.
In 2017, it was the mega-money fight with UFC fighter Conor McGregor and this time around, the former world champion had his sights set on Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
It was an exhibition match that was initially going to be held behind closed doors, but was thrust on to the main stage in Tokyo after details of the bout were leaked.
The fight was going to be a completely unique occasion with neither fighter - both of are unbeaten in their respective discipline - putting their professional records on the line.
Nasukawa wasn't allowed to use kicks throughout the match and Mayweather would be paid an astonishing $69 million for competing in a mere three round contest.
Mayweather vs Nasukawa
However, 'Money' didn't need nine minutes to collect his pay cheque, dispatching the Japanese sporting hero with a barrage of combinations in the opening round.
The contest was eventually waved off after Nasukawa was floored on three occasions, with the final knockdown leaving him flailing against the ropes.
And although it won't effect Nasukawa's record nor his reputation in kickboxing, being knocked out on the world stage must have been devastating and he was seen crying in his corner after the fight.
Mayweather's post-fight comments
So, when Mayweather was approached for a post-fight interview, the often-controversial fighter had the perfect opportunity to brag about his performance.
Instead, to his credit, he showed true class and had some very kind words for Nasukawa.
"I want to say thank you to Tenshin. This don’t go on our record," Mayweather announced to the crowd in Tokyo.
"We are both still undefeated. He is a great champion and a great fighter.
"I am still retired, I don’t look to come back to boxing. I came back for entertainment for the people of Japan.
"I want the fans all around the world to support him. He is a great fighter and a great champion."
Fair play, Floyd.
It was also interesting to note that he effectively confirmed it was his final appearance in the ring, although fight fans know better than to take that as fact.
Mayweather has returned from 'retirement' on no less than three occasions during his career and it wouldn't be surprising if he has another scheme planned in the future.
However, although Nasukawa deserves credit for stepping up, these events are becoming increasingly farcical and fans are beginning to lose patience with the ageing Mayweather.
For the moment, though, he should enjoy his handsome payday and slip into 'retirement' once again.
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