Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather is once again coming out of retirement, but this time, it could be as a mixed martial artist.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has announced that he will fight on Dec.31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan against undefeated kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in the Rizin Fighting Federation.
The rules of Mayweather's surprise contest have not yet been confirmed but he hasn't ruled out the prospect of his fight allowing some elements of MMA. "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".
Mayweather will turn 42 in February, but he said he's looking forward to working with Rizin FF and fighting a unsafe opponent in 20-year-old Nasukawa, who is undefeated in kickboxing competition and most recently defeated Kyoji Horiguchi.
Floyd Mayweather is set to fight the undefeated Japanese kickboxer TenshinNasukawa next month.
"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. He's now 41 years old. This particular bout is a special bout as far as we're giving the people something they've never seen before.
"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 wanted to display my skills outside the USA and be in a special fight, ' he said.
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.
The bout is to be held at the RIZIN.14 event.
"I'm very happy that this is going to materialise".
"It's the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history".
"I have fought in the USA for all 50 of my fights".
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