Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxing sensation on New Year's Eve

Floyd Mayweather Tenshin Nasukawa

Floyd Mayweather Tenshin Nasukawa

"We'll talk about that, we'll get that situated within the next couple weeks", Mayweather said about the rules and weight class for the fight.

The undefeated 41-year-old, who last year said his boxing career was over after beating Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, has told Reuters he could handle himself in whatever format was agreed for the fight on New Year's Eve in Saitama. "It's all about entertainment and that's what we want to do for the people".

The 41-year-old boxer, unbeaten in all 50 of his career fights, has always been mooted with a move to mixed martial arts to fight Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The former five-weight world champion boxer hung up his gloves last August after beating UFC superstar Conor McGregor in a much-maligned multi-million-pound bout.

The 20-year-old with a bleached-blond quiff called it an "easy decision" to accept the offer to face Mayweather in Saitama, north of Tokyo.

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"I want to continue coming over here and bringing other fighters over here so my company can continue to grow and RIZIN can continue to grow. I'll do that with these fists, with one punch - just watch", the Japanese said. "But it will be a great fight that everybody will be so excited to see".

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He added: "You might be surprised after hearing this announcement, and honestly speaking I'm a little surprised myself". I want to be the man who changes history.

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. "Boxing rules I wouldn't mind".

Via MMA fighting he said: "I think my shortest answer to that is the fact that now we are aligned to achieve something together, and that is hitting a new challenge, taking a step forward to whatever wonderful thing that we can create together".

"I wanted to do something different".

'I am pretty sure that when I speak with the guys from my team we are going to get on the same page so we can go out there and do what we have to do'.

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

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