One of the most interesting chapters—and potentially the final one—in Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s distinguished fighting career was written on Monday when he got the better of Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin 14.
The 41-year-old former boxer proved to be far too good for his young opponent at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan in their exhibition, finishing the fight inside a round after knocking the kickboxer down on three occasions.
Despite the underwhelming climax, everything Mayweather does attracts major interest, and this unique occasion was no different for the boxer with a perfect 50-fight professional record. It was an event that also topped up his staggering career earnings.
Here are all the figures when it comes to the finances behind the man known as Money and what he will take home from this showdown.
Floyd Mayweather Earnings Stats
Net Worth: $560 million, per Celebrity Net Worth
Projected Career Earnings: In addition to what he will make at Rizin 14—an estimated $88 million, per Tokyo-Sports (h/t TalkSport)—Mayweather has already accrued $1 billion throughout his career, according to Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes.
There was widespread shock when this fight was confirmed for New Year's Eve. After all, Rizin was only founded in September 2015, and MMA journalist Luke Thomas said he isn't sure if the organisation has enough to fund the appearance of Mayweather:
Given Mayweather's last outing came in August 2017 against a fighter making his professional boxing debut in the form of UFC star Conor McGregor, it was tough to know what to expect from Mayweather as he geared up for the contest.
While he still showcased sharp hand speed and footwork against the Irishman, the caveat was that he was up against a relative novice when it comes to the sweet science. After an initial burst, McGregor tired, was dominated and eventually stopped.
This encounter with Nasukawa was expected to be a little different, as the Japanese has been active and impressive in fights this year. However, the 20-year-old was found to be massively out of his depth against the American.
Ariel Helwani of ESPN summed up how the lopsided encounter went:
Afterwards, the kickboxer was left distraught:
It was difficult to gauge what kind of shape Mayweather was in, as he had such little work to do. He was clearly physically much bigger than his opponent, and while Nasukawa did seek to put some flurries together, the former boxer walked through the blows.
While Mayweather said afterwards that he's still retired from professional boxing, if he can continue to make money from exhibitions as straightforward as this, then it wouldn't be a shock if he was back in action again soon in a similar environment.
Nasukawa will surely make a return to kickboxing following this chastening experience and seek to preserve the unbeaten record he has in that discipline.