“Money May” officially takes his talents to Japan.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is “fighting” in Japan on New Year’s Eve. This is old news but the fight is now confirmed after a pump fake huge press conference in Japan.
Mayweather will still face Tenshin Nasukawa, the RIZIN Fighting Federation star in a special exhibition fight at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The two addressed the media at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.
“This is a great way for me to go out there and give people some entertainment,” said Mayweather. “It’s an exhibition match, but it’s giving me a chance to do something different.”
A 12-time boxing world champion in five weight classes, Mayweather and many insiders have proclaimed him “the best ever”. He is the only fighter to have headlined four events that each generated more than 2 million pay-per-view buys. In a career which he defeated 24 world champions, Mayweather retired again after his 50th victory over Conor McGregor.
RIZIN FIghting Federation is the most watched combat sports promotion in Japan. Founded in 2015 by Nobuyuki Sakakibara, former owner of PRIDE Fighting Championships, RIZIN is a staple on primetime Japanese national television. They host a five-hour New Year’s Eve show watched in over 5.5 million households.
“There’s never been a Japanese fighter to face Floyd Mayweather in the ring,” said Nasukawa. “As an athlete, this is something that’s a great honor and a challenging task. I’d like to make a big impression.
“I want to get the whole fight community, the whole country of Japan and the entire world involved in this fight. I’m going to go in there believing in myself and ready to prove myself.”