March 27, 2019

Floyd Mayweather's first fight in MMA federation officially announced

05 November 2018, 10:44 | Anna Jefferson

Floyd Mayweather Jr. , The Canadian Press

Floyd Mayweather Jr

Speaking at a news conference in Tokyo on Monday, Mayweather said the decision to fight in Japan was about expanding his global profile.

Mayweather posted a teaser photo on his Instagram feed at the weekend, showing him wearing kickboxing gloves. The world has never seen Mayweather compete live in Tokyo.

Nasukawa is a 20-year-old, undefeated 27-0 kickboxer who most recently beat former UFC title contender Kyoji Horiguchi under kickboxing rules at RIZIN FF 13 on September 30. "When it's all said and done, it's all about me going out there and displaying my skills against another skillful fighter".

It could be remembered that the 41-year-old came out of retirement in August 2017 to fight UFC stalwart Conor McGregor in a boxing match.

"It's the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history". While the odds of a Mayweather-McGregor bout in the Octagon still feels like a long shot, Floyd "Money" Mayweather has never been known to turn down a fight if the price is right.

Mayweather calls this fight a "special bout" and that he's not really anxious about weight class.

Rizin Fighting Federation are co-promoting the fight, which has been dubbed a "Super Challenge" bout.

Mayweather insisted Nasukawa would be no pushover.

"I don't care what the rules are. I can do anything if I set my mind to it". I think when it comes to experience, I have more experience on my side but when it comes to youth, youth is on his side.

Mayweather was complimentary of Nasukawa.

"I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo". I'm not really anxious about the rules. "I would love to continue to work with Rizin because Rizin is an unbelievable company, and my company, we've been making some huge fights happen in the USA, but we look forward to taking the Mayweather Promotions banner and the TMT banner worldwide". I'm pretty sure that will get sorted out in the next couple weeks.

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.

Information from ESPN's Ariel Helwani was used in this report.

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