The MMA world woke up to stunning news on Monday that boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to make his debut in combat sports later this year. The Japanese promotion Rizin Fighting Federation has booked the 41-year old boxer against kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in the main event of Rizin 14 on December 31 at the Saitama Super Arena.
For almost a year, ‘Money’ has been teasing the idea of going into MMA after being called out by some of the big names in the Ultimate Fighting Championship including Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. And finally, it is now confirmed that Floyd will soon fight in the cage for the first time in his illustrious career.
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Promotion head Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced on Monday morning that the New Year’s Eve show of Rizin 14 will feature Mayweather and Nasukawa as its headlining act, although the rules and the weight for the contest have yet to be determined.
“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.”
The former boxing world champion last saw actions on August 2017, where he finished Conor McGregor in the 10th round of their boxing match dubbed as “Money Fight” while the 20-year old phenom is fresh off scoring the biggest win of his career against former UFC flyweight title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi at Rizin FF 13.
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Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa – RIZIN 14 Promo
Mayweather calls this upcoming bout a ‘Super Challenge,’ with both fighters trying to preserve their perfect win-loss slate in their respective sports. ‘Money’ remained unscathed after 50 fights in boxing while Nasukawa has yet to lose a single fight in 27 outings.
“Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past, and I’d like to be the man who makes history. My punch can change history, and I’ll show that to you so please stay tuned,” said Nasukawa.
Mayweather, meanwhile, does not see any problem going up against the Japanese phenom.
“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 US, but we look forward to taking the Mayweather Promotions banner and the TMT banner worldwide. And if it takes working with a great guy like this, there’s no problem.”
Watch the RIZIN 14 Promo for the Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa fight in the video below and get hype!
(Featured Image Source: Floyd Mayweather/Instagram and Tenshin Nasukawa/Instagram)