Floyd Mayweather's fight against Tenshin Nasukawa was 'fake,' according to a former UFC heavyweight

Floyd Mayweather's fight against Tenshin Nasukawa was 'fake,' according to a former UFC heavyweight

Was Floyd Mayweather's fight against Tenshin Nasukawa a fake?

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Floyd Mayweather knocked Tenshin Nasukawa down multiple times in the first round.

  • Floyd Mayweather's win over Tenshin Nasukawa was "fake," according to the former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub.
  • Mayweather knocked Nasukawa down three times in a first-round blowout on December 31, but his victory has not convinced everybody.
  • The popular podcaster Schaub said he had seen "better acting in pornos," adding: "Of course this is fake."

Floyd Mayweather's victory over Tenshin Nasukawa has been slammed as a "fake," phoney fight

The retired American obliterated Nasukawa in the very first round of an exhibition bout that headlined the Rizin 14 show at the Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan, on December 31.

Adopting an aggressive stance, Mayweather stalked Nasukawa from the opening bell and leathered him heavily with range-finding jabs and powerful right hands. He knocked the Japanese kickboxer down three times before the Rizin fighter's corner threw in the white towel in an act of surrender.

But Brendan Schaub, a popular Showtime podcaster and a former UFC heavyweight, has said the show was a sham.


"I've seen better acting in pornos," Schaub said, according to Boxing Scene. "Floyd's just doing his thing, he's the aggressor, so it's not as hard to fake it."

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What gave the game away for Schaub was what he deemed theatrical behaviour from Nasukawa. "But Tenshin needs acting skills. They should have got someone to work with him on falling down, getting hit in the face, and all that.

"Of course this is fake," Schaub said. "Who cares? But of course, this is fake. Come on, you believed that?"

Mayweather claims he made $9 million for the exhibition and is not tempted to return to a boxing ring again.


After his victory, Mayweather said he only came back to entertain "the people of Japan."