Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Mayweather will take on kickboxer Nasukawa in Tokyo

Mayweather will take on kickboxer Nasukawa in Tokyo

He has never competed as a professional boxer.

Mayweather, who will be 42 on February 24, downplayed the financial aspects, though.

Should the bout be contested under kickboxing rules, Nasukawa would be considered a strong favourite against the multiple weight world champion boxer. "But this particular bout is special as far as giving people something they've never seen before. I want to give the people what they want - blood, sweat and tears". Let's go over to Japan. We also don't know how many rounds it'll last. I just want to entertain.

"I spoke with my team and with RIZIN and we put it together. I want to fight him again but I'll fight whoever I gotta fight to get back to him if that's not the case'".

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"It wasn't easy to make this happen", Mayweather said. Pacquiao plans to defend his secondary welterweight title against Adrien Broner in January. Nasukawa is 27-0 as a kickboxer and 4-0 as an MMA fighter.

Nasukawa's comments caused Mayweather and his business advisor Brent Johnson to break into beaming smiles but there was a sense that in the past the former world champion would not have taken this challenge so light-heartedly.

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Also unclear following Monday's announcement was whether the fight will take place under the rules of boxing or mixed martial arts or some combination of the two. Assuming Mayweather "only" makes $100 million for whatever the match is with Nasukawa, he'll have earned more than $500 million just since 2015 alone. "He has youth on his side and he's going to bring a lot of excitement". I'm a little surprised myself. My punch can change history, ' he said. I look forward to giving you guys entertainment come December 31.

Though he said the rules would be determined later, he seemed to hint it may be something out of the ordinary. "I can do anything if I set my mind to it". "My opponent looks taller than I thought, I think because of the aura around him, but I think I could hit him".

Nasukawa is four inches shorter than Mayweather at 5'4.

"He's undefeated, so it's obvious he's been doing something right to be where he's at", Mayweather said. You guys know about boxing, you guys know about fighting.

"It's really all about the skills, it's not about the weight".

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

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