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Mayweather vs. Nasukawa: Rizin CEO Confirms Fight is Back On

Floyd Mayweather’s proposed fight against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa will definitely go ahead on New Year’s Eve, according to the CEO of the promotional company organizing the event.

After announcing he would take on Nasukawa at the next Rizin Fighting Federation event in Saitama at a news conference in Tokyo this month, Mayweather reneged on his commitment to the contest upon his return to the United States.

Mayweather said on his Instagram account that he only agreed to a three-round exhibition in front of a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee, with no intention of it being represented as an official fight card or televised worldwide.

However, a statement from Rizin FF CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara on his unverified Twitter account indicated the Dec. 31 fight was back on, although the rules and duration of the bout have yet to be determined.

“The misunderstanding with Floyd Mayweather has been resolved,” Sakakibara said in a tweet posted on Friday, alongside a photograph of himself and Mayweather.

“He will fight with Tenshin Nasukawa on New Years Eve for RIZIN 14. I will explain the details once I am back in Japan.”

Sakakibara is planning to hold a news conference on Saturday to provide further details.

41-year-old Mayweather retired from boxing for a second time in 2017 with an unblemished 50-0 record after an illustrious career in which he won world titles at five different weight classes.

Sakakibara’s statements were backed up earlier on Thursday, when Mayweather indicated to TMZ that he was interested in making the contest happen but reiterated that it was to be an exhibition.

“No, it wasn’t supposed to be an official fight, no. An exhibition, a small nine-minute exhibition,” Mayweather said in Los Angeles.

“Rules? It is going to be a little boxing exhibition. No kicking at all. I will just be moving around with the guy for nine minutes.”

Whatever eventually happens, Mayweather expects to be paid handsomely for his services.

“How much am I getting for this exhibition? If I do it, it will be the highest paid exhibition ever,” he added. “Just for promoting this event, just so far, I have made seven figures.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Eff Pandas on 11-16-2018

[QUOTE=Bardamu;19276979]I never even heard of Rizin until a week or two ago when this was announced the first time. Now Rizin has been in the news multiple times over the last two weeks. Think how many people have now heard…

Comment by Bardamu on 11-16-2018

[QUOTE=daggum;19276685]"I will just be moving around with the guy for nine minutes.” what a salesman![/QUOTE] Think how many people have now heard of Rizin-that never did before. All because Floyd says he will move around a ring with some featherweight.…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 11-16-2018

[QUOTE=daggum;19276685]"I will just be moving around with the guy for nine minutes.” what a salesman![/QUOTE] I don't think he's getting paid that $88M no more is probably what thats about. I think its very likely in many people's minds Nasukawa…

Comment by Bardamu on 11-16-2018

This sounds a lot like an endorsement deal. Rizin gives Floyd a big chunk of money and Floyd moves around a ring for 9 minutes with some guy weighing 130 lbs. I get it. It is already working. I never…

Comment by AdonisCreed on 11-16-2018

[QUOTE=hugh grant;19276154]Only 3 rounds? Why not 8 rounds at least? Don't really get moneys worth[/QUOTE] IDK!!! Maybe it's 3 rounds because it's a weapons match:chairshot!!!

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