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Floyd Mayweather Announces Next Fight - And It's insane

Floyd Mayweather Announces Next Fight - And It's insane

Boxer Floyd Mayweather has signed a deal with a mixed martial arts company and will fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan on 31 December.

Despite being 41-years-old, his hands still pack a potent punch, but the addition of elbows, knees, kicks and grappling in MMA represent a huge challenge for a boxer boasting an unblemished 50-0 record dating back to 1996.

Mayweather and Nasukawa appeared at a news conference in Tokyo on Monday (Sunday night United States time) that was streamed worldwide on YouTube to announce the fight with officials from the Rizin Fighting Federation, a Japanese promotional company founded in 2015 that puts on MMA and kickboxing events. "The world has never seen Mayweather compete live in (Japan)", he added, promoting the cross-code bout as an expansion of his businesses to the Far East.

Mayweather said the terms of the fight would be decided in the coming weeks.

The 20-year-old with a bleached-blond quiff called it an "easy decision" to accept the offer to face Mayweather in Saitama, north of Tokyo. I wanted to display my skills outside the USA and be in a special fight, ' he said.

When asked about the sort of rules he preferred for the bout, Nasukawa said he really didn't care. Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past and I'd like to be the man who makes history.

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Mayweather insisted Nasukawa would be no pushover.

"I think he's young, very strong and very fast and he undefeated so it's obvious he's doing something right. He has youth on his side and he's going to bring a lot of excitement".

But it is thought this could be the legendary American's first tilt towards a prospective MMA combat fight in 2019 with a rematch against Conor McGregor mooted or a money-spinning fight with McGrgeor's UFC 229 conqueror Khabib Nurmagomedov.

He also vowed to end Mayweather's long string of victories.

"It wasn't easy to make this happen", Mayweather said, "but we told the people anything is possible, so now we're here and we wanna make sure that we give the people in Tokyo what they wanna see - blood, sweat and tears".


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