Floyd Mayweather Jr. to face kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan

Updated 9:30 PM EST, Mon November 5, 2018
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight Japanese kickboxer

Bout against Nasukawa to take place in Japan

Format and rules for fight are yet to be confirmed

(CNN) —  

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in Japan.

The boxer announced his decision after signing for mixed martial arts promotions company RIZIN Fighting Federation.

Mayweather has never fought in MMA before and the format for the Nasukawa fight has not yet been confirmed.

“I wanted to do something different,” said the former five-weight world champion.

“I wanted to display my skills outside the US and be in a special fight. I want to give the people what they want – blood, sweat and tears.”

The 41-year-old said the rules and weight class of the bout will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a perfect 50-0 record in his professional boxing career.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a perfect 50-0 record in his professional boxing career.

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Perfect records

Both men have a perfect record in their respective sports – Mayweather is 50-0 while Nasukawa is 27-0 in kickboxing and 4-0 in MMA.

“It’s the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history. I’ll do that with these fists, with one punch – just watch,” said 20-year-old Nasukawa.

Mayweather has not fought since coming out of retirement to beat Conor McGregor in 2017 but had been linked to a money-fight with former foe Manny Pacquiao.

However, in a conversation with CNN’s Talk Asia, he said chances of a rematch with Pacquiao were “done.”

“We had a chance to meet in the square circle and I was the better man,” he said.

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He was recently called out by UFC president Dana White, who suggested the boxer should face Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov in the octagon.

News of the fight against the rising Japanese star could be the latest signal that Mayweather is thinking about a switch to MMA.