Mayweather To Face Baby-Faced Japan Kickboxer Nasukawa

This file photo taken on August 25, 2017 shows US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. posing during a weigh-in with MMA figher Connor McGregor (out pictured) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo:  John GURZINSKI / AFP

 

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr said Monday he will come out of retirement to fight a Japanese kickboxer half his age, Tenshin Nasukawa, on New Year’s Eve in Saitama.

The 41-year-old unbeaten American, who won world titles in five different weight divisions and was considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport, out-boxed Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor in his last fight in August 2017.

That victory improved his boxing record to a perfect 50-0, but the format or rules for his meeting with the baby-faced Nasukawa were not specified by the Japanese mixed martial arts promoters RIZIN.

Mayweather posted a teaser photo on his Instagram feed at the weekend, showing him wearing kickboxing gloves.

“I want to give the people what they want — blood, sweat and tears,” Mayweather told a news conference in Tokyo after reportedly flying into Japan on his private jet.

“It’s always been a goal of mine to go outside out of the US and display my talent. The world has never seen Mayweather compete live in (Japan),” he added, promoting the cross-code bout as an expansion of his businesses to the Far East.

“I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo. We’ve been making some huge fights happen in the US, but we look forward to taking the Mayweather Promotions banner and the TMT banner worldwide.”

Nasukawa, who is described in the press release as “perhaps the best combat sports prospect (Japan) has ever seen”, boasts a 27-0 record but has never competed as a professional boxer.

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The 20-year-old with a bleached-blond quiff called it an “easy decision” to accept the offer to face Mayweather in Saitama, north of Tokyo.

“It was a surprise offer but I accepted without hesitation,” said Nasukawa.

“I don’t care what the rules are. I want to be the man who changes history. I’ll do that with these fists, with one punch — just watch.”

Mayweather insisted Nasukawa would be no pushover.

“He’s young and he’s undefeated so it’s obvious he’s doing something right,” he said.

“This kid right here is an unbelievable talent, he looks like a gym rat,” added Mayweather.

“He’s very special, he’s fast, he’s strong. I’m older now and when it comes to experience, I have it on my side. He has youth on his side and he’s going to bring a lot of excitement.”

Mayweather, who stopped McGregor in the 10th round last year after coming out of retirement for a $275 million pay day, had been flirting with the idea of a rematch with the Irishman or facing McGregor’s recent MMA conqueror, the fearsome Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“I’ve been blessed to be in the sport a long time and to make over a billion dollars in the sport,” added Mayweather.

“But this particular bout is special as far as giving people something they’ve never seen before.

“I’m not really worried about the weight class or rules – it’s about me displaying my skills against another skilful fighter. I just want to entertain.”

Mayweather, Mcgregor Circus Continues With Stop In New York

The Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor world media tour stormed into New York on Thursday with the fighters unleashing more profanity-laced attacks on each other as they looked to build up interest in their light middleweight boxing bout.

On the third stop of four-day, four-city barnstorming blitz to promote their Aug. 26 Las Vegas clash, the witty barbs that characterised their exchanges Los Angeles and Toronto were replaced by what appeared to be real venom.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champion McGregor traded in the stylish suits he wore on the previous two legs of the tour for psychedelic pants and a furry white coat worn over a bare, tattooed chest.

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He strutted imperiously onto the Barclays Center stage to an Irish ballad and thunderous applause before flexing his muscles, striking poses and rattling off a dance step or two as he waited for the undefeated boxer.

It looked for a moment as if the circus was going to take a turn for the worse when McGregor, who addressed the 40-year-old Mayweather as “boy” in Toronto, let a howling crowd know he did not take the charges of racism seriously.

The Irishman, who at times during the earlier stops had appeared to get under Mayweather’s skin, had no such luck in Brooklyn, where the American ignored the jibes and took selfies while McGregor barked in his ear.


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McGregor is expected to be the aggressor in the ring against the former five-division world champion to make up for his lack of boxing experience and has played that role throughout the tour, which wraps up on Friday with a stop in London.

Famous for his knockout power in the MMA cage, McGregor managed only glancing blows on Thursday as Mayweather, widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all-time, side-stepped and returned fired by dubbing McGregor a quitter.

While boxing purists have denounced the fight as nothing more than a laughable cashgrab it has nonetheless captured the fascination of many fight fans.

McGregor has been the undisputed favourite at each stop on the media tour and can expect more of the same in London, but few give him any chance in the ring against one of the most skilled and tactically astute boxers of all time.

The fight would seem an outlandish mismatch with Mayweather 49-0 stepping into the ring against McGregor, who will be making his professional boxing debut.

The 40-year olf Mayweather came out of retirement to fight 28-year-old McGregor in a 12 round boxing match at 154 pounds (69.8 kilograms) that will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Manny Pacquiao Wins WBO Welterweight Title

Manny Pacquiao, WBO Welterweight TitleFilipino professional boxer, Manny Pacquiao, has returned to the ring to claim the WBO welterweight title in Las Vegas.

The 37-year-old had announced his retirement after beating Timothy Bradley in April.

After quitting boxing, he won an election to the Senate in the Philippines.

The former eight-division world champion, however, recorded a unanimous decision on Sunday, November 6 over champion Jessie Vargas.

The judges scored the bout 114-113, 118-109 and 118-109 in his favour.

American former professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather (Jr.), who had a ringside seat, described the Filipino’s performance as “Not bad”.

Mayweather had beaten Pacquiao to become the undisputed welterweight champion in May 2015 in a bout tagged “the fight of the century”.

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Boxing: Khan Optimistic He Will Fight Pacquiao

khanBritish boxer, Amir Khan, is optimistic that he is the favourite to face Manny Pacquiao in the Filipino boxing legend’s final fight.

Khan had earlier suggested the match was unlikely but now believes there is a “big chance” of taking on the seven-weight world champion.

Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, named the Pakistani–born boxer alongside Terence Crawford and Tim Bradley as possible contenders for his star’s last bout.

“I am the front-runner,” Khan said

“Manny Pacquiao makes a good story because we’ve been training partners and I’ve been with his coach, Freddie Roach.

“There’s a big chance of the fight happening, it’s all about making sure my team is on point with the deal and they need to make sure they get the fight that I want.”

Khan was hoping to be Floyd Mayweather Jr’s final opponent before the undefeated American opted to fight Andre Berto instead but Khan believes Pacquiao who is 36 year old, is looking for a higher profile end to his career.

Manny Pacquiao Returns To Manila

pacquiaoManny Pacquiao has returned to his home town (Manila) on Wednesday, following the defeat by Floyd Mayweather in their world Welterweight super-fight on May 2.

Pacquiao said, “I will focus on healing my shoulder. After that, I will announce continuing my career or retirement,”.

“I’m not saying I am going to retire, but it’s near. I’m already 36, turning 37 this December,” he said.

Despite an unanimous points defeat in Las Vegas, Pacquiao, a six-weight world champion, was welcomed back to the Philippines by fans as he paraded through the streets of Manila on the back of a truck.

Pacquiao, who is also a Congressman in his home country, had his arm supported by a sling, following surgery on his injured shoulder – a problem he said had hampered him during the fight with Mayweather.

The new figures released by American networks Showtime and HBO said the fight shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys with 4.4million purchases of the fight in the United States alone.

That generated $400m (£254m) in domestic sales while total revenue is expected to exceed $500m (£318m).

Following the fight, the undefeated American (Mayweather) called Pacquiao a “sore loser” and has ruled out a rematch, but Pacquiao, who is facing a Nevada law suit after being accused of failing to announce his injury prior to the bout, said he would consider fighting again.

“I (would) like that. I want that. But my focus right now is my shoulder, my work as a congressman and my family,” he said.

Pacquiao also said he had accepted his defeat by Mayweather, adding that after reviewing the fight on video, he still believed he won by a slim margin.

“I reviewed the fight and kept score. I won by two points, but a decision has been made and we have to accept it,”.

Mayweather Beats Pacquiao In Fight Of The Century

MayweatherFloyd Mayweather (Jr) beat Manny Pacquiao on points in their welterweight face-off in Las Vegas, United States of America (USA) on Saturday night.

The American had to use all his skills and a telling reach advantage to remain undefeated after 48 professional bouts.

He won the “Fight of the Century” by 116-112 on two cards and 118-110 on the third, proving himself to be the world’s best boxer of his era.

“When the history books are written, it was worth the wait,” Mayweather said in the ring after a four-belt unification bout that was more than five years in the making.

He is now the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight champion.

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Mayweather opened the scoring with a couple of rights to win the opening round, using his reach advantage well.

This prompted Pacquiao to try to force the pace from the second and by the third, the spectators were getting their money’s worth.

“Manny Pacquiao is a hell of a fighter, I see now why he is at the pinnacle of boxing,” the 38-year-old Mayweather said after an emotional embrace with Pacquiao. “I’m a smart fighter, I outboxed him.

“We knew what we had to do. He’s a tough competitor… a very awkward fighter and I had to take my time and watch him closely.”

Pacquiao, on the other hand, stunned Mayweather with a telling left in the fourth, forcing the American to cover up.

The Filipino said after the fight that he thought he had won it but not many observers agreed.Boxing: Mayweather vs Pacquiao

Both boxers had their moments as the fight turned into everything the experts had predicted.

The fight between the duo, however, was one that appeared never to happen as Pacquiao resisted Mayweather’s demands for blood-testing for five years.