Wednesday 14 November 2018

Floyd Mayweather to make shock fighting return against Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. poses for a photograph with his opponent Tenshin Nasukawa during a news conference to announce he is joining Japanese Mixed Martial Arts promotional company Rizin Fighting Federation, in Tokyo, Japan November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. poses for a photograph with his opponent Tenshin Nasukawa during a news conference to announce he is joining Japanese Mixed Martial Arts promotional company Rizin Fighting Federation, in Tokyo, Japan November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Floyd Mayweather has opened the door to his first MMA bout by announcing his next fight will be against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.

Mayweather will pocket tens of millions of dollars for the money-spinning event in Saitama, Japan, on New Year's Eve, but the rules are yet to be decided on a fight that could see Mayweather's first departure from traditional boxing.

Rizin Fighting Federation are co-promoting the fight and confirmed that it would take place under “special rules” though did not specify whether it would be a straight boxing event.

“Rizin has done a remarkable job with the fighters,” said Mayweather, 41, who has now twice come out of retirement to announce new fights. He remains unbeaten in 50 career bouts, as his opponent does in 29 kickboxing encounters, and a move towards the Mixed Martial Arts space from Mayweather would appear to make a rematch with Irishman Conor McGregor more likely, while McGregor's conqueror Khabib Nurmagomedov has also been linked with a money-spinning bout against Mayweather.

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