Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Floyd Mayweather's first fight in MMA federation officially announced

Floyd Mayweather's first fight in MMA federation officially announced

Mayweather and Nasukawa appeared at a Tokyo news conference overnight that was streamed worldwide on YouTube and organised by the Rizin Fighting Federation, a Japanese fight company which promotes MMA and kickboxing events. Earlier in the day, Mayweather posted a photo of himself on social media wearing Rizin MMA gloves.

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

"I have fought in the USA for all 50 of my fights".

Mayweather, a five-division boxing champion who turns 42 in June, has not fought since a 10th-round knockout of UFC star Conor McGregor under boxing rules in August 2017. Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past and I would like to be the man who makes history. "I can box a lot a bit", Mayweather told Reuters in an interview in Tokyo on Saturday.

Mayweather calls this fight a "special bout" and that he's not really anxious about weight class.

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.

Mayweather insisted Nasukawa would be no pushover. "My punch is here to change history".

The match has been dubbed a "Super Challenge" bout with the rules yet to be confirmed.

"I don't care what the rules are". "I think that when it comes to experience, I have more experience on my side".

Mayweather was complimentary of Nasukawa.

"I wanted to do something different". "It's obvious he's doing something right to be where he's at". You guys know about boxing, you guys know about fighting. My thing is just coming over here to display my talent and put on a show for the people.

"It's always been a goal of mine to go outside out of the U.S. and display my talent".

Ariel Helwani said tonight that the rules and weight still had to be worked out.

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