Mayweather Vs Nasukawa Exhibition Bout Booked For NYE In Japan

“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.”

What We Know

The attraction will be based on the following rules and regulations:
–           Three minutes per round for three rounds
–            Straight boxing rules
–            Both will wear either RIZIN 8 ounce gloves
–            Weight: 147lbs/67.7kg
–            No judges
–            This will be full contact competition, but the bout is not going on boxing or MMA records
“I love competing against fighters from all walks of life like in my amateur days,” said Mayweather. “It’s all about entertainment. Nine minutes of entertainment. It’s going to be amazing. 
“I’m working out to put on a show for three rounds.”
Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.