Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Floyd Mayweather Set For Fight on Rizin FF's New Year's Eve Event

Floyd Mayweather Set For Fight on Rizin FF's New Year's Eve Event

Mayweather and Nasukawa were introduced at a news conference on Monday in Tokyo by Rizin officials.

Listening to Mayweather, one got the sense this fight could be something similar, though he was very short on specifics.

Mayweather, who will be 42 on February 24, downplayed the financial aspects, though.

"As far as the weight class, we'll talk about that in the next couple of weeks", Mayweather said.

Indeed we will see, but the odds are heavily on Mayweather not even sniffing anything close to a bout that involves grappling of any kind. While it's wholly thought Mayweather will not compete in anything but straight boxing, he claims he can 'do it all'. I love to entertain, I like for people to be entertained, and who doesn't want to be entertained? Let's go over to Japan.

We don't know that yet, but its bound to be a contentious decision. "As a professional, I haven't had a chance to go outside the USA to display my skills and to display my talent for the world".

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

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"We still have more work cut out for us, but we think it will be a great fight everyone will be excited to see", Sakakibara said through a translator.

Mayweather's latest move comes as a major shock after he announced his second retirement from the ring following his defeat of Irish mixed martial arts (MMA) star Conor McGregor in a crossover boxing match past year. Nasukawa, 20, has won all of his 27 kickboxing bouts and all four of his MMA fights, making him a seemingly strong opponent for Mayweather.

A southpaw, Nasukawa's left side is what Mayweather will need to stifle, whatever the form their fight takes.

The ruleset under which the bout will take place has yet to be officially confirmed, though it is unlikely that Mayweather's team will entertain the idea of it taking place under mixed martial arts or kickboxing rules.

But how has Nasukawa made it to fighting Mayweather?

Prior to Monday's news conference, Mayweather gave a select number of media interviews over the weekend, but the identity of Rizin's marquee recruit for the Saitama event had been kept under wraps.

"When I was offered this, I accepted right away without any delay whatsoever", he said through a translator.

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