Floyd Mayweather To Take On Japan's Kickboxing Champ On New Year's Eve

Ross Houston
November 5, 2018

At this stage in his career, Floyd "Money" Mayweather should have enough dosh for 10 lifetimes.

The shock announcement came at a Monday news conference in Tokyo, where Rizin FF officials introduced both Mayweather and Nasukawa, an undefeated 20-year-old kickboxing sensation who joined the MMA promotion in 2016. The weight for the contest, however, has yet to be determined.

"It was a surprise offer but I accepted without hesitation", said Nasukawa.

"It's always been a goal of mine to go outside the US and go into another arena and display my talent as a professional, because I did it as an amateur", Mayweather said.

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"I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo", he added, promoting the cross-code bout as an expansion of his businesses into Japan.

Mayweather, 50-0 in boxing, has hinted on several occasions that he's willing to follow in the footsteps of James Toney and enter the mixed martial arts world. I wanted to display my skills outside the U.S. and be in a special fight, ' he said.

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

"It's the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history".

Mayweather said: "As far as the weight class, we're not really anxious about that".

Rizin chairman Nobuyuki Sakakibara, who used to run the now-defunct Pride Fighting Championships promotional company, said they were still working out some of the details.

Mayweather insisted Nasukawa would be no pushover.

"I'm not particular about the rules, with or without kicks", he said.

Via MMA fighting he said: "I think my shortest answer to that is the fact that now we are aligned to achieve something together, and that is hitting a new challenge, taking a step forward to whatever wonderful thing that we can create together".

He's teased boxing UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov recently, but one of Japan's most touted combat sports stars is up next for Mayweather instead. "It's obvious he's doing something right to be where he's at". I'm pretty sure that will get sorted out in the next couple weeks.

The rules of the fight are still being worked on, according to ESPN's Ariel Helwani.

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