Floyd Mayweather Jr. schedules bout in Rizin Fighting Federation

Arnold Nichols
November 5, 2018

Mayweather last fought in August 2017 when he won a 10th round TKO against Conor McGregor, who crossed over to boxing for the fight that became the second biggest pay-per-view of all time.

There are six different punches in boxing, and had McGregor been able to call on a striking arsenal consisting of kicks and elbows, plus his grappling skills, the outcome would most likely have been a quick and painful defeat for Mayweather.

However, his latest effort to remain relevant in the fighting world will take him away from the comfort of Las Vegas to Japan as he once again will take on a fighter from outside the world of boxing.

Mayweather (50-0 boxing) attended a press conference in Japan alongside Nasukawa (27-0 kickboxing) and Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara to announce the fight for Rizin FF 14, which takes place December 31 at Saitama Super Arena.

While he announced his return to action, Mayweather said the rule set for the fight against Nasukawa hasn't been determined yet, although sources say there's very little chance he'll actually compete in mixed martial arts.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has his next fight.

He posted a photo of himself wearing RIZIN kickboxing gloves on Instagram.


"I wanted to display my skills outside the United States and be in a special fight".

Mayweather will turn 42 in February, but he said he's looking forward to working with Rizin FF and fighting a risky opponent in 20-year-old Nasukawa, who is undefeated in kickboxing competition and most recently defeated Kyoji Horiguchi.

"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".

Sakakibara, who established Rizin FF in 2015, rose to prominence as the president and co-founder of Pride Fighting Championships, the wildly popular and influential Japanese mixed martial arts company that was sold to the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2007.

The bout is to be held at the RIZIN.14 event.

"I would probably say that this is my biggest event in life", Nasukawa said. I want to be the man who changes history. "I will show that to you, so please stay tuned". "Boxing rules I wouldn't mind".

ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani said it was unlikely to be an MMP bout.

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