Floyd Mayweather Jr. received a barrage of criticisms when news broke out two days ago that he will be returning to actions later this year. The boxing legend is set to lock horns with the young kickboxing juggernaut Tenshin Nasukawa in the main event of Rizin 14 this December 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
Yes, this is happening. pic.twitter.com/n4OHW7oD9l
— Matthew Wells (@MrMWellsArt) November 5, 2018
Last Monday, the promotion chief Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced in a press conference that Rizin FF had booked Mayweather and Nasukawa for the headliner of the league’s New Year’s Eve show.
“Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0, BX) has a legitimate case as the best boxer of all time, and he has the record to back it up. After winning a Bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Mayweather turned pro and never looked back. Over the years he has solidified himself as the biggest fight in combat sports, earning the nickname “Money” in every sense of the word.”
“Despite being 41-years-old, “Money” has never slowed down. And he is slated to bring his talents to Japan for the first time ever to take on the incredible phenom known as “Teppen” Tenshin. Stay tuned for future news regarding the rules the bout will be contested under, as well as other match-ups for the card.”
Before the announcement, Mayweather hinted about this upcoming fight in an Instagram post, showing a photo of him wearing a Rizin kickboxing glove and an MMA glove, along with the caption “December 31st 2018 #Tokyo.” But checking his account, this fight announcement post has been mysteriously taken down.
The Japanese promotion said that this showdown will have “special rules” although no further details have been provided in the press conference, which caused a stir at the combats sports world.
Some fans and even pros took to social media to express their disapproval on the Mayweather vs Nasukawa fight, including Floyd’s former rival Oscar De La Hoya. The Golden Boy took to Instagram and threw shade at the undefeated boxer in a separate post.
First, he called Mayweather a convicted criminal and a felon.
Then insisted that Floyd is bad for the sport.
This rekindled the social media feud between the two boxers. It did not take long before Mayweather responded to De La Hoya’s latest barbs. He posted a photo of the boxing promoter in a bathtub while wearing fishnet and calling him a bit*h and a hoe.
Last month, they also went back and forth on Instagram after Mayweather fired shots at Canelo Alvarez following a historic contract with streaming service DAZN. He tagged the Mexican champion as a “PED steak-eating cheater” and called De La Hoya the “Golden Girl.” The founder of The Golden Boy Promotion responded by saying “we will never resort to hitting women.”
(Featured Image Source: Floyd Mayweather/Instagram and Oscar De La Hoya/Instagram)