Floyd Maymeather to fight Japanese kick-boxing star

Floyd Mayweather announces next fight with key detail missing

Floyd Mayweather announces next fight with key detail missing

Mayweather, 50-0 in boxing, has hinted on several occasions that he's willing to follow in the footsteps of James Toney and enter the mixed martial arts world.

Mayweather announced on Sunday night that he would face undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin Fighting Federation's New Year's Eve event in Saitama, Japan at the Saitama Super Arena (details via ESPN's Dan Rafael).

"I wanted to do something different. I always wanted to display my skills outside the USA and be in a special fight", added Mayweather, who has fought every one of his professional bouts in the United States.

Nasukawa has also competed in four pro mixed martial arts fights, winning all of them, fighting under the Rizin banner.

Tenshin is 27-0 on his career.

"As far as the weight class and the rules, we'll get that situated in the next few weeks", Mayweather said.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he's coming out of retirement again to fight Manny Pacquiao for a second time in December. Although he did have a lucrative win over UFC superstar Conor McGregor in August of previous year. "I look forward to taking this world wide".

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.

Floyd Mayweather's opponent is set to be 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.

And he faces a potentially unsafe prospect in heralded kickboxer Nasukawa, who warned he has a punch that will "change history".

"Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past, and I'd like to be the man to create history. I will show that to you, so please stay tuned".

By 1998, Mayweather had already won Ring Magazine's fighter of the year award and picked up an Olympic bronze medal in Atlanta two years earlier.

"As far as the weight class, we're not really anxious about that", he said.

The match-up appears to be the brainchild of Rizin promoter Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the former Pride Fighting Championships chief. I can box a lot a bit. 'The victor of big dream fights that all people want to see'.

"This particular bout is a special bout".

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