Floyd Mayweather's over-stated arrival to his unveiling as the new figurehead for a Japanese mixed martial arts promotion proved that no-matter what the event or the location, the American boxing legend will always be box office.
'I don't even want to imagine what kind of fighter he will turn out to be in five years, ' said Yuaku Nakamura, who was knocked out in the second round of their kickboxing bout in May after being caught with a crushing left hook. "I believe they were here before us".
"I wanted to display my skills outside the USA and be in a special fight". The southpaw is unbeaten in 27 kickboxing fights and four MMA bouts, with wins across the flyweight (125 pounds) and bantamweight (135 pounds) divisions.
"We'll talk about that, we'll get that situated within the next couple weeks", Mayweather said when asked at the press conference about the fight's weight class and the rules, USA Today reported.
Floyd "Money" Mayweather at the pre-fight press conference on 30 April 2016. More than a year since briefly coming out of retirement to face Conor McGregor in a money-spinning boxing match in Las Vegas, Mayweather has once again opted to step into the ring. "I look forward to taking this world wide". "But this particular bout is special as far as giving people something they've never seen before".
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"My punch can change the history and I will show that to you, so please stay tuned".
He is expected to return to the United States on Tuesday to begin training.
"I am pretty sure the crowd is going to be on his side, but I am there for a great cause". Nasukawa, a southpaw, now holds the Rizin featherweight belt, at 126 pounds.
"Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past, and I'd like to be the man to create history".
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 box a lot a bit. "That's really want the people want to see".