Floyd Mayweather signs up for bout with young kickboxer

Tyler Owen
November 5, 2018

Big dogs such as Manny Pacquiao and Khabib Nurmagomedov may have been itching to get a shot at boxing legend Floyd Mayweather next, but he's chosen to go with relatively unknown Japanese fighter Tenshin Nasukawa. "Everyone I've talked to said they'd be shocked if it's MMA", he posted on Twitter.

"I don't even want to imagine what kind of fighter he will turn out to be in five years", one of Nasukawa's opponents, Yusaku Nakamura said before he was knocked out by the youngster in May.

"I have fought in the US for all 50 of my fights. I always wanted to display my skills outside the US and be in a special fight", added Mayweather, who has fought every one of his professional bouts in the United States.

Mayweather will face Tenshin Nasukawa in the fight.

Nasukawa, called "perhaps the best combat sports prospect [Japan] has ever seen" in the press release for the fight, is 27-0.

Japanese promoter, the RIZIN Fighting Federation, on Monday said rules and the weight class for the bout have not been set.

The fight could be the first steps towards Mayweather's highly anticipated rematch with Conor McGregor in the UFC. "My opponent looks taller than I thought, I think because of the aura around him, but I think I could hit him".

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"This particular bout is a special bout as far as we're giving the people something they've never seen before", Mayweather said.

Despite being 41-years-old, his hands still pack a potent punch, but the addition of elbows, knees, kicks and grappling in MMA represent a huge challenge for a boxer boasting an unblemished 50-0 record dating back to 1996. I want to be the man who changes history.

"I am pretty sure the crowd is going to be on his side, but I am there for a great cause".

Floyd Mayweather's last fight was against UFC's Conor McGregor and earned him in excess of $100 million dollars, while Nasukawa last fought and won against Kyoji Horiguchi in the main event of RIZIN.

He added: "You might be surprised after hearing this announcement, and honestly speaking I'm a little surprised myself".

Mayweather, who makes it a point to regularly bring up how much money he will make for his fights, did not discuss his pay for the event.

"It's really all about the skills, it's not about the weight". I can box a lot a bit. "I love to entertain, I like for people to be entertained and who doesn't want to be entertained".

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