Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Floyd Mayweather to fight kickboxer Tenshin in Japanese fighting league RIZIN

Floyd Mayweather to fight kickboxer Tenshin in Japanese fighting league RIZIN

Mayweather stood alongside Nasukawa at the gathering, the civilized atmosphere in stark contrast to the boisterous pantomime that plagued the run-up to the boxer's bout with MMA fighter Conor McGregor past year.

Japan's Nasukawa, 20, competes in the RIZIN Fighting Federation, the company Mayweather has signed with, in both kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Nasukawa has won four fights this year alone. Mayweather has only boxed throughout his career while Nasukawa has fought only as a kickboxer and in mixed martial arts.

Mayweather, who will be 42 on February 24, downplayed the financial aspects, though. "We'll get that situated within the next couple of weeks". We're giving the people something that they've never seen before.

"I wanted to do something different", said Mayweather. Let's go over to Japan. We do know that there is an extraordinary age, experience and weight difference.

"Just for me to be in the ring with a young guy that is hungry ..."

Floyd "Money" Mayweather at the pre-fight press conference on 30 April 2016.

'I have fought in the U.S. for all 50 of my fights. Nurmagomedov has floated the idea of a match with Floyd Mayweather, which McGregor did in 2017.

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No one said how much Mayweather will make, but you can bet he wouldn't have taken the bout had he not been guaranteed a nine-figure paycheck. Pacquiao plans to defend his secondary welterweight title against Adrien Broner in January.

The fight will be at the Saitama Super Arena, but what form it will take is not yet clear.

However, the two camps haven't determined the rules under which the fight will take place.

Nasukawa shares a similarity with Mayweather by having his father and uncles regularly in his corner. "It's great. I want to say congratulations to Tenshin and Rizin and just everybody for backing this event". "When I was offered this card, I accepted it right away without any delay whatsoever".

"I'm pretty sure he's going to bring a lot of excitement".

'I can wrestle, I can wrestle little bit. Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past and I'd like to be the man who makes history.

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