What do you do as a retired, millionaire, all time great boxer when you have nothing left to prove? Naturally, you travel to Japan and challenge an unbeaten kick boxer and mixed martial artist.
Maybe this isn’t exactly the most precise move for someone such as Floyd Mayweather, but it is what is now scheduled. At a press conference, Mayweather announced that he would compete on the New Years Eve event in Saitama, Japan, under the Rizin banner.
Mayweather, 50-0 as a professional boxer, has been “retired” since his 2017 10th round TKO victory over former UFC champion Conor McGregor. As a professional, Mayweather set the standard for the modern businessman/boxer, breaking numerous venue and PPV records while defeating various world champions over his 21 year career.
His opponent, Tenshin Nasukawa, is currently 4-0 as a mixed martial artist, but holds a perfect 27-0 record as a kick boxer. His most recent victory came at Rizin 13, a decision victory over Kyoji Horiguchi, and this will not be his first matchup against a former world boxing champion. In 2017, Nasukawa defeated former IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng in a kickboxing bout.
As of now, no terms of the bout have been made public, meaning what type of matchup this will be is still unknown.