Floyd Mayweather to fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan

Floyd Mayweather announces next fight with key detail missing

Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced Monday in Tokyo that he has agreed to a bout in the Rizin Fighting Federation. The weight for the contest, however, has yet to be determined. "It's great. I want to say congratulations to Tenshin and Rizin and just everybody for backing this event". "As a professional I haven't had a chance to go outside the U.S.to display my skills and to display my talent for the world".

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Mayweather had teased a move into mixed martial arts for some time, both as a rematch with McGregor and as a potential superfight against undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

"I wanted to do something different", said the 41-year-old American, who has not fought since coming out of retirement to face McGregor.

Since achieving his flawless record of 50 wins when he beat Conor McGregor back in August 2017 the former five-weight world champion has talked about fights with the UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and boxer Manny Pacquiao, but not so much with the kickboxer.

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You get the feeling that he is driven largely by the desire to make more, though, and his latest cash-in will see him fight 20-year-old Tenshin Nasukawa (on the right in the below image), a 27-0 kickboxing and MMA sensation from Japan.

"As far as the weight class and the rules, we will talk about that and will get that situated within the next couple of weeks", he said.

The Rizin Fighting Federation was founded in 2015 by Japanese businessman Nobuyuki Sakakibara, who was previously the president of Pride Fighting Championships before it was sold to the then-owners of Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2007.

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

Nasukawa, a southpaw, is considerably smaller than Mayweather.

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"I don't care what the rules are".

"I think my role as a fighter is to make sure that fighting here in Japan gathers a lot of excitement", the Tokyo native said through a translator. I want to be the man who changes history.

The fight will be Mayweather's first outside of Las Vegas since he knocked out Sharmba Mitchell in the sixth round in November 2005 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

Ariel Helwani said tonight that the rules and weight still had to be worked out.

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