TOYO • Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr announced yesterday that he will retire to fight for Japanese propeller competition at Tenshi Nasukawa as New Year's Eve on Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
The American also announced at a press conference that he had signed up with the Japanese Martial Arts (MMA) promotion company Rizin Fighting Federation but the details of the trade were not revealed.
41, who won the World Championships in five different weight divisions, the last fight of Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor last August.
This victory improved its punching performance to a full 50-0, but the shape or rules of the Nasukawa meeting have not yet been defined.
Mayweather, who said that the terms of the battle were to be decided in the coming weeks, presented an impressive picture of his Instagram feed at the weekend and showed him that he had Kickboxing gloves.
"I want to give people what they want – blood, sweat and tears", he told Tokyo to the editor while promoting the cross-file by expanding his business to Asia. "I've always had a goal to go out of the US and show my talent. The world has never seen the Mayweather competition (Japan)."
Nasukawa competes in both the OCT and pure kickboxing. He has won all four of his MMA battles.
The 20-year-old Japanese, as described in the press release "perhaps the best fight event in Japan has ever seen", boasts a 27-0 record, but has never competed as a professional boxer.
He called it an "easy decision" to accept the offer to face Mayweather.
"I do not want what the rules are, I want to be a man who changes history. I do it with these fists in one fell swoop – just watch," Nasukawa said.
Mayweather, who stopped McGregor's 10th round last year after two years of retirement as a reward for the $ 275 million ($ 380 million) payday, was a flirtatious idea of rematch.
The American arrives to Rizini without the hard background he is talking about, and the Brazilian jiu-jitsua – the martial arts that forms the MMA exchange spine – can not be completed quickly.
The sport black belt can take up to 10 years.
"I'm not really worried about the weight class or the rules – it's like I'm showing off my skills against another clever fighter. I just want to entertain," he insisted.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS