Floyd Mayweather Jr. revealed at a news conference on Sunday that he’ll be fighting on December 31 against Tenshin Nasukawa in the Rizin Fighting Federation at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. This a place near Tokyo, Japan.
Mayweather and his opponent Tenshin Nasukawa were both announced during the Sunday news conference. Mayweather is 21-years older than the 20-year-old Nasukawa.
It’s unclear whether the 41-year-old Mayweather will be fighting under the rules of boxing, MMA or a combination of the two. The rules of the Mayweather vs. Nasukawa fight are still being worked on, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Tenshin Nasukawa is an accomplished kickboxer in Japan, who fights in the 126 lb weight division at featherweight. Mayweather would have a 21 lb weight advantage against Nasukawa.
Besides the rules of the fight being unknown, it’s unclear if this would be a real fight or staged fight where there’s a predetermined winner.
The unknowns at the moment about Mayweather’s December 31 fight are the following questions:
– The rules for the fight
– Is it boxing, MMA or a mix?
The news of Mayweather fighting the obscure fighter Tenshin Nasukawa in the Rizin Fighting Federation has a lot of boxing fans wondering whther the rumors that he’s broke are true. There’s been a lot of rumors circulating around about Mayweather being broke and in need of money. Fighting a guy that the U.S boxing and MMA fans are unfamiliar with could be a sign that he needs the money
Mayweather had been hoping to face UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagpmedov. That fight was unable to take place due to UFC president Dana white saying that Mayweather would need to agree to fight in the octagon.
Fans wonder why Mayweather doesn’t come back to the sport of boxing to take on the top fighters at 140, 147 or 154. Mayweather could make a lot of money in facing the likes of Errol Spence Jr., Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman, Saul Canelo Alvarez, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, Jermell Charlo and Daniel Jacobs.
Some boxing fans feel that Mayweather has lost his confidence in his ability to beat top fighters from the sport. Mayweather is still young enough to compete against the best in the sport, but he feels that he needs big names for him to continue to make nine figures per fight. Whether Mayweather will make nine figures fighting on December 31 is unclear. U.S boxing and MMA fans likely won’t be interested in ordering a fight between Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa.