Mayweather to make shock return in kickboxing bout

By Lee Saunders

Floyd Mayweather has announced that he will make a shock fighting return, against Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa.

The pair held a press conference in Tokyo ahead of a New Year’s Eve fight at the Saitama Super Arena, to be organised by the Ritzin Fighting Federation, a Japanese company promoting kickboxing and MMA events, but it is yet to be decided whether it will be under boxing, kickboxing or MMA rules.

Mayweather, now 41, was undefeated in 50 fights in boxing, claiming world titles in five weight divisions in a career spanning 21 years, before retiring for a third time last August when he beat UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

Nasukawa has a record of 27-0 (21 KO’s) in kickboxing, and 4-0 (2 KO’s) in MMA. The Southpaw currently holds the Rizin Featherweight title, which is 20 pounds lighter than the weight Mayweather has fought at in recent times.

Mayweather said of the fight: “We’re giving the people something they’ve never seen before”, but admitted the rules of the bout still need to be sorted. “I will let my team get with Rizin and I’m pretty sure they’ll come up with a great idea.”, he added.

Many will be sceptical of the likelihood of this fight actually taking place, with Mayweather also heavily rumoured in the last month to be fighting old foe Manny Pacquiao and UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who beat Mayweather’s last opponent Conor McGregor last month.

However, with an official press conference taking place, and a rumoured $100 million to be made from the contest, could ‘Money Mayweather’ be too tempted?

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