Mayweather to make MMA debut in Japan on New Year's Eve

Floyd Mayweather announces next fight with key detail missing

Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s retirement from fighting ended last year when he faced Conor McGregor in a megafight that, like most all of Mayweather's bouts in recent years, failed to live up to the hype. "I wanted to participate on that big stage. I wanted to display my skills outside the USA and be in a special fight", he said.

'I spoke with my team and with RIZIN and we put it together.

"Throughout my career, I never fought at a higher weight class, but I was always a smaller fighter". It's all about me going out there and displaying my skills against another skillful fighter.

Mayweather's win over McGregor was fought at boxing's super-welterweight limit of 154 pounds (69.85 kg).

It seems for Mayweather, who won boxing world titles at five different weight divisions, this fight is about expanding his brand and business interests overseas. Mayweather said in the news conference that those details are still being hammered out. More than a year since briefly coming out of retirement to face Conor McGregor in a money-spinning boxing match in Las Vegas, Mayweather has once again opted to step into the ring. "My opponent looks taller than I thought, I think because of the aura around him, but I think I could hit him". Nasukawa, 20, has won all of his 27 kickboxing bouts and all four of his MMA fights, making him a seemingly strong opponent for Mayweather.

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And he faces a potentially unsafe prospect in heralded kickboxer Nasukawa, who warned he has a punch that will "change history".

Mayweather, who makes it a point to regularly bring up how much money he will make for his fights, did not discuss his pay for the event.

The bout is to be held at the Rizin.14 event. And I will show that to you.

Rumour first arose Maywether would take on the young champ yesterday when RIZIN promoter Nobuyuki Sakakibara, while speaking to the media, hinted the idea there would be some sort of partnership extablished. "Boxing rules I wouldn't mind. I love to entertain, I like for people to be entertained and who doesn't want to be entertained". I'm not really anxious about the rules.

Time will tell what he means by "special bout".

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