Update: It appears Mayweather’s upcoming December fight against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa isn’t exactly what we thought, or even what Floyd thought. The 41-year-old retired American boxer took to Instagram to clear the air on the crossover bout, one he thought would be an “exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee,” adding that it was touted as an event “purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide.”
Stay tuned for more information around this “special bout,” if it’s still happening that is.
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Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regard to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced. First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan. Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a 9 minute exhibition of 3 rounds with an opponent selected by the “Rizen Fighting Federation”. What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of “One Entertainment” was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee. This exhibition was previously arranged as a “Special Bout” purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide. Once I arrived to the press conference, my team and I were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going and we should have put a stop to it immediately. I want to sincerely apologize to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference and I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent nor approval. For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry. I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.
November 5: In a surprising turn of events, the Rizin Fighting Federation has just held a press conference for a boxing matchup between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa. Although the two come from two different schools of fighting, both fighters share an undefeated record. Whether fans of the fighters agree with the match up or not, the New Year’s Eve RIZIN 14 fight should be an interesting watch as both fighting prodigies have similar backgrounds with training and competing at a young age.
While Floyd Mayweather Jr. commended Nasukawa’s speed and knockout power, he mentioned that the bout would be “experience” versus “youth.” The 41-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. went on to express his love for the country of Japan, and his admiration towards his adversary Tenshin Nasukawa — the current RISE feather weight world champion, and half the age of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Stay tuned as more info regarding the specifics of the fight are set to follow.
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Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa. Dec. 31. Saitama Super Arena. Rules: TBD. pic.twitter.com/XzgTwBS0gY
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 5, 2018