Through all the rumors over the past few months, we finally got an answer as to who would be Floyd Mayweather's next opponent.
The bout is to be held at the Rizin.14 event.
Mayweather has been having a public back-and-forth with the undefeated Russian for several weeks, which makes the announcement of his clash with Nasukawa even more surprising. Rizin announced the news during a press conference in Japan, per MMAjunkie. "As a professional I haven't had a chance to go outside the U.S.to display my skills and to display my talent for the world".
Mayweather possesses enormous financial might and it has nearly become a ritual for fighters seeking a bumper payday and media exposure to call him out, as UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov did after he submitted McGregor last month.
Nasukawa competes in their championships in both MMA and pure kickboxing. Rules for the bout and the weight class will be determined later, Mayweather said at a news conference Monday in Tokyo.
The young Nasukawa began his combat sports career in the kickboxing world, where he's never tasted defeated. "That itself probably makes me better than the fighters I face", Nasukawa said.
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'My opponent looks taller than he actually is and I think that comes from the aura that he has, but I think I can hit him, ' he said.
"I'm very happy that this is going to materialise. My punch can change the history and I will show that to you, so please stay tuned".
"I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo", he added, promoting the cross-code bout as an expansion of his businesses into Japan.
Long-time Mayweather friend James McNair and Brent Johnson of One Entertainment reached out to Rizin's Nobuyuki Sakakibara and, in Mayweather's words, "came up with a concept". "I can do anything if I set my mind to it".
"He's undefeated, so it's obvious he's been doing something right to be where he's at", Mayweather said.
"It's really all about the skills, it's not about the weight". "I love to entertain, I like for people to be entertained and who doesn't want to be entertained".