Is Floyd Mayweather preparing for a rematch with Conor McGregor? ‘Money’ to make MMA debut in Japanese Rizin Fighting Federation
- Unbeaten boxing champion takes first steps towards showdown with McGregor
- Will fight in Japan on New Year’s Eve
Floyd Mayweather Jnr appeared to lay the first foundations for a sensational rematch with UFC superstar Conor McGregor on Monday when he announced that he will make his MMA debut at the end of the year.
The unbeaten American boxer said he had signed with Japanese mixed martial arts promotions company Rizin Fighting Federation to fight kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in Saitama, Japan.
New Year’s Eve is traditionally a huge fighting occasion in Japan with many top bouts usually scheduled to take place on December 31.
Mayweather earned a nine-figure sum when he convincingly defeated McGregor in their hugely anticipated boxing showdown in Las Vegas in August 2017, and has talked about another return from retirement in recent weeks.
There were strong suggestions recently that the American would renew his rivalry with Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao before the end of 2018.
The 41-year-old, who has won world boxing titles in five different weight categories, has never fought professionally in mixed martial arts and it is yet to be decided what format and rules the fight would follow, he said.
The bout is to be held at the Rizin.14 event.
Mayweather’s last win saw his boxing record reach 50-0 and reportedly earned him close to US$300 million.
Additional reporting: Reuters