Floyd Mayweather's most lucrative fights Another payday So assuming he doesn't perform a last-minute about-face, what changed the former five-division world boxing champion's mind and coaxed him out of retirement? While he's been a consummate professional in an enduring career that's seen him garner 28 KOs, the chance for one more payday presumably ranks high for a man whose nickname is "Money. Mayweather's assumed participation has been a huge driver for RIZIN, which has held 13 major events since its founding and is considered the largest MMA promoter in Japan. Mayweather speaks to the media during a press conference at a Tokyo hotel on December
No, Mayweather is not doing any grappling or kung fu, but he will be boxing against the noted Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
This won't be quite the spectacle of the former, and it won't even count on the official records the way the latter did. When this event was first announced in early November, many believed Mayweather who has a perfect mark of , 27 KOs, as a professional boxer would actually be engaging in a kick-boxing contest.
But just as quickly, this matchup was revived, and a special set of regulations was drafted to assuage Mayweather and salvage the pairing.
The basic rules are this: Three three-minute rounds are scheduled Both Mayweather and Nasukawa must follow boxing rules RIZIN 8-ounce gloves will be used This bout will be contested at the welterweight limit pounds There will be no judges involved And as noted, this will not go on any boxing or MMA official records.
Again, just good clean fun on New Year's Eve.
This in many ways would be like LeBron James playing Alexander Ovechkin in a game of one-on-one hoops. You could say this is a version of un-mixed martial arts given the rules involved. Tenshin made his professional debut in at the age of 15 and has since claimed multiple world championships in kickboxing while remaining unbeaten.
Tenshin is now the face for the Rizin Fighting Federation and their biggest headliner to date. Now at only 20, Tenshin is a Japanese sensation. What's Rizin?
Rizin Fighting Federation has held 15 mega-events since the promotion's debut in December Rizin is now recognized as the most watched combat sports event in Japan since Pride Fighting Championship.
What are they saying: "This is a great way for me to go out there and give people some entertainment.
It's an exhibition match, but it's giving me a chance to do something different. As an athlete, this is something that's a great honor and a challenging task. I'd like to make a big impression.