Floyd Mayweather Jr. schedules bout in Rizin Fighting Federation

Floyd Mayweather to face star kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14 in Japan on New Year's Eve

After moving to 50-0 as a boxer with his win over Conor McGregor in last year's circus fight, Mayweather has reportedly agreed to take his first steps into the world of mixed martial arts and will fight undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Years' Eve in an event thrown by Japanese MMA brand RIZIN.

Although the fight was announced, several key details were not, including the specific rules of the bout, the number of rounds, the weight limit, how the fight broadcast would be distributed and what type of gloves they would wear.

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In an interview on Saturday, the 41-year-old said he would be comfortable fighting under any format.

Nasukawa, for his part, is relishing the chance to fight with Mayweather, admitting his surprise when he was offered the opportunity. "I look forward to giving you guys entertainment come December 31, but my relationship with Rizin doesn't just stop here". So we both want to go out there and display our skills and give people excitement.

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His last worldwide appearance was as captain in a 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November 2016. It's fitting that the match will be against the United States of America and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game".

"I would love to continue to work with RIZIN because RIZIN is an unbelievable company, and my company, we've been making some huge fights happen in the U.S., but we look forward to taking the Mayweather Promotions banner and the TMT banner worldwide".

"I can wrestle, I can wrestle a little bit". UFC boss Dana White said last week that a fight between the two would have to be in the UFC, which is something Mayweather would probably never agree to. It's all about me going out there and displaying my skills against another skillful fighter.

"As far as the weight class and the rules, we will talk about that and will get that situated within the next couple of weeks", he said. "My punch is here to change history". It's not out of the realm of possibility that the bout is fought under kickboxing rules.

It was not clear whether it will be a boxing match, an MMA fight or some other combat sport. My thing is just coming over here to display my talent and put on a show for the people.

Information from ESPN's Ariel Helwani was used in this report.

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