Floyd Mayweather Set For Fight on Rizin FF's New Year's Eve Event

Heather Diaz
November 5, 2018

Mayweather will fight on December 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

"I wanted to do something different", said the 41-year-old American, who has not fought since coming out of retirement to face McGregor.

Promoters are still working on the specific rule set.

"We will just see". Mayweather is 5-foot-8 and was 149 pounds when he last fought against Conor McGergor in 2017. It would be shocking if Mayweather did anything other than fight under boxing rules, as he did with McGregor.

"I'm not really anxious about the weight class or rules - it's about me displaying my skills against another skilful fighter".

As for Nasukawa, the 20-year old fighter from Japan is now 27-0 as a professional kickboxer with 21 knockouts.

That victory improved his boxing record to a flawless 50-0, but the format or rules for his meeting with the baby-faced Nasukawa were not specified by the Japanese mixed martial arts promoters RIZIN.

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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, the highest earning boxer in history, can expect to bring in more than $100 million for the contest, which is nearly certain to be pay per view.

"We still have more work cut out for us, but we think it will be a great fight everyone will be excited to see", Sakakibara said through a translator. "I'm so happy that Mr. Nasukawa accepted this offer in a flash". I'm a little surprised myself.

"Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past and I'd like to be the man to make history. I can do anything if I set my mind to it". I wanted to display my skills outside the U.S. and be in a special fight.

"Just for me to be in the ring with a young guy that is hungry ... I look forward to taking this worldwide". I'm pretty sure that will get sorted out in the next couple weeks.

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

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