Mayweather is expected to pocket another multi-million dollar fortune from his December 31 contest at the Saitama Super Arena, in which he revealed the shock news at a press conference overnight.
Fans of Mayweather's and members of the Money Team will recognize the event as a turning point for the boxer who has ordinarily competed in competitions utilizing traditional boxing rules.
Mayweather said the weight class and rules for the fight would be discussed "within the next couple of weeks".
Mayweather will reportedly fight undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Years' Eve in an event thrown by Japanese MMA brand RIZIN. As a professional I haven't had a chance to go outside the U.S. to display my skills and to display my talent for the world'. "I can box a lot a bit", Mayweather told Reuters in an interview in Tokyo on Saturday.
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"My punch can change the history and I will show that to you, so please stay tuned".
"We still have some work to do", said Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the RIZIN chairman.
Mayweather will turn 42 in February, but he said he's looking forward to working with Rizin FF and fighting a unsafe opponent in 20-year-old Nasukawa, who is undefeated in kickboxing competition and most recently defeated Kyoji Horiguchi. We just don't know if it will be a boxing match. He recently defeated former UFC fighter Kyoji Horiguchi in a kickboxing fight. Although he did have a lucrative win over MMA fighter Conor McGregor past year.
"When I was offered this, I accepted right away without any delay whatsoever", he said through a translator.
"I'm very happy that this is going to materialise". Honestly speaking, I'm a little surprised myself.
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And he faces a potentially risky prospect in heralded kickboxer Nasukawa, who warned he has a punch that will "change history". "I can do anything if I set my mind to it".
"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 wanted to do something different".
"I have fought in the USA for all 50 of my fights".
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