Floyd Mayweather announces official MMA debut scheduled for NYE
The big news keeps flowing in with the one and only Floyd Mayweather announcing an unexpected return to fighting with a New Years Eve showdown in Japan’s Rizin fighting Federation. The undefeated boxer will come up against a man half his age, the MMA rising star Tenshin Nasukawa. The bout is expected to be part of a huge card on December 31st to take place at Saitama.
Despite his junior years, Nasukawa is undefeated in both kickboxing (41-0) and has also had an unbeaten 4-0 run in MMA in the Rizin Federation. A 99-5 amateur, Nasukawa rose to fame by knocking off some big names in former IBF Boxing World champion Amnat Ruenroeng and MuayThai Champion Wanchalong. Signing with Rizin, Nasukawa has made a flawless transition to MMA and picked up a huge following as a result.
Mayweather needs no introduction. A 50-0, multi-division title holder, Mayweather has never made the transition to MMA despite a multitude of calls. He is comfortable in the ring and his defensive style has been seen as unfit for the aggression and variability displayed in the cage. It is unclear whether Floyd will box or slip into another form of fighting as the rules for the matchup with Nasukawa have not yet been decided.
The fight was announced this week at a specially-called press conference in Tokyo. Nasukawa has tremendous respect for Mayweather saying:
“I would probably say that this is my biggest event in life, so far and I’m very happy that this is going to materialize.
Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past and I would like to be the man who makes history. My punch can change the history and I will show that to you, so please stay tuned.”
Mayweather seems focused on the lucrative financial opportunity the foray to the east provides:
“Rizin has done a remarkable job with the fighters. I look forward to giving you guys entertainment come December 31, but my relationship with Rizin, it doesn’t stop just here. I look forward to taking this worldwide.”
Check out the press conference here.