Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese MMA fighter

Ruben Holloway
November 6, 2018

Floyd Mayweather will make his mix martial arts debut December 31 as he takes part in a New Year's Eve spectacular with an MMA champion at Roppongi Hills club in Saitama.

"I would probably say that this is my biggest event in life, so far", said Nasukawa. "I would like to prove with my own fist what others couldn't do in the past", said the 20-year-old, who added he accepted the offer to fight Mayweather without hesitation.

"I love that I was able to get with two heavy hitters from my team and we were able to come together to make this event happen", he said. Nasukawa competes in both MMA and kickboxing, and has won all four of his cage fights.

Nasukawa became a black belt in Kyokushin karate but he blended his style with kickboxing to help him plough through the amateur circuits and rack up win after win.

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The rules for the special fight is still under deliberation as Mayweather, a boxer, is facing the kickboxer Nasukawa and it will be his first time in a mixed martial arts environment.

"As far as the weight class and the rules, we'll talk about that", said Mayweather at the press conference on Sunday night.

It could be remembered that the 41-year-old came out of retirement in August 2017 to fight UFC stalwart Conor McGregor in a boxing match. "I look forward to taking this world wide". While Mayweather is undoubtedly the "A-side" when it comes to this pairing, if Nasukawa can tempt "Money" out of his comfort zone during the bout we could see one of the most shocking results in recent combat sports history. Nasukawa is 27-0 as a kickboxer and 4-0 as an MMA fighter.

"My punch can change the history and I will show that to you, so please stay tuned".

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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 am pretty sure the crowd is going to be on his side, but I am there for a great cause".

Floyd Mayweather has some more fight left in him. I can box a lot a bit.

"As far as the weight class, we're not really anxious about that", he said.

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