Floyd Mayweather Says Tokyo Fight's Back On, 'We're Gonna Make It Happen'

Annette Crawford
November 16, 2018

This handout photograph taken by Rizin Fighting Federation on November 5, 2018 shows USA boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The on again, off again fight between Floyd Mayweather and kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa, presumably under the Rizin FF banner in Japan.

After announcing he would take on Nasukawa at the next Rizin Fighting Federation event in Saitama at a news conference in Tokyo this month, the American reneged on his commitment to the contest upon his return to the United States.

Mayweather shocked the world last week when it was announced that he was set to fight Nasukawa in Japanese MMA promotion Rizin FF but before any clarity was given on the rule-set, the bout was cancelled.

"He will fight with Tenshin Nasukawa on New Years Eve for RIZIN 14".

Now that I am back on USA 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.

Now that I am back on USA 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.


Sakakibara is planning to hold a news conference on Saturday to provide further details. Mayweather is 50-0 with 21 knockouts as a boxer.

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The tweet comes after Mayweather told the USA website TMZ Sports on Wednesday in California that the fight would go ahead. 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. "An exhibition, a small nine-minute exhibition", Mayweather said in Los Angeles.

"Rules? It's going to be a little boxing exhibition", he said. No kicking at all. "No kicking. I'm moving around with the guy for 9 minutes..."

Whatever eventually happens, Mayweather expects to be paid handsomely for his services.

Mayweather may be getting what he want with an exhibition. "And of course it's gonna be the highest paid exhibition ever".

The unbeaten 41-year-old, who won world titles in five different weight divisions, made headlines earlier this month when he announced on his Instagram page that he was coming out of retirement for the fight.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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