Floyd Mayweather Jr. Will Fight Undefeated Kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa In Japan

Mae Harvey
November 5, 2018

Since achieving his ideal record of 50 wins when he beat Conor McGregor back in August 2017 the former five-weight world champion has talked about fights with the UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and boxer Manny Pacquiao, but not so much with the kickboxer. Mayweather is regarded as one of history's finest boxers, but since his fight with Conor McGregor it seems that he is considering branching out into the MMA world.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has announced that he will fight on Dec.31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan against undefeated kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in the Rizin Fighting Federation.

Since defeating Conor McGregor in a boxing ring past year, Floyd Mayweather has continuously teased participating in a mixed martial arts fight, regularly suggesting he would take on McGregor in a rematch or set a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Mayweather, who has only fought once since 2015 (and that was against McGregor) said rules for the fight against the undefeated 20-year-old would be discussed "within the next couple of weeks".

Before the announcement, Mayweather posted on Instagram teasing New Year's Eve. "As a professional I haven't had a chance to go outside the U.S.to display my skills and to display my talent for the world".

Nasukawa, who is 4-0 in MMA and 27-0 in kickboxing, is listed at 5-foot-5, 125 pounds.

But as with everything in modern combat sports, money - and in this instance "Money" Mayweather - will ultimately call the shots. "When it's all said and done, it's all about me going out there and displaying my skills against another skillful fighter".

Regarding the rules and weight, Rizin chairman Nobuyuki Sakakibara said "we still have some more work ahead of us".

"I just want to entertain". This particular bout is a special bout as far as we're giving the people something they've never seen before.

Given that Floyd Mayweather has recently been linked to bouts with UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, and his long-time rival Manny Pacquiao, it would definitely be pretty surprising if he stepped into the RIZIN ring.

"And I would like to be the man who makes history".

Information from ESPN's Ariel Helwani was used in this report.

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