Floyd Mayweather announces he will make MMA debut against undefeated Japanese kickboxer

Floyd Mayweather announces he will make MMA debut against undefeated Japanese kickboxer

Mayweather will fight on December 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. 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 United States, but we look forward to taking the Mayweather Promotions banner and the TMT banner worldwide.

Floyd Mayweather is reportedly set to make his MMA debut against an undefeated fighter. "I want to give the people what they want - blood, sweat and tears".

The 41-year-old boxer, unbeaten in all 50 of his career fights, has always been mooted with a move to mixed martial arts to fight Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Mayweather's fight against McGregor pushed his career earnings to US$1 billion (RM4.2 billion), joining American basketball great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods as the only athletes to have reached 10 figures in earnings, according to Forbes.

"I'm not really anxious about the weight class or rules - it's about me displaying my skills against another skilful fighter".

His opponent is the 20-year-old Nasukawa, who boasts an undefeated kickboxing record of 27-0 with 21 knockouts.

That victory improved his boxing record to a ideal 50-0, but the format or rules for his meeting with the baby-faced Nasukawa were not specified by the Japanese mixed martial arts promoters RIZIN.

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Mayweather and Nasukawa appeared at a Tokyo news conference overnight that was streamed worldwide on YouTube and organised by the Rizin Fighting Federation, a Japanese fight company which promotes MMA and kickboxing events.

"I have fought in the USA for all 50 of my fights". Are you excited to see it?

"I just want to entertain". I'm a little surprised myself. I want to be the man who changes history.

The match has been dubbed a "Super Challenge" bout with the rules yet to be confirmed.

"I am pretty sure that when I speak with the guys from my team we are going to get on the same page so we can go out there and do what we have to do", he added.

"I wanted to do something different".

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

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