Mayweather to fight in Japan on New Year's Eve

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has called an end to his latest dalliance with retirement, and agreed to step into the ring with kickboxer Nasukawa at Rizin's year-end show in Saitama, Japan. I love to entertain, I like for people to be entertained, and who doesn't want to be entertained? "I wanted to display my skills outside the US and be in a special fight", he said.

"I spoke with my team and with RIZIN and we put it together". "As far as they said money is the motivation, well, we all know that I had a great career". It's all about me going out there and displaying my skills against another skillful fighter. The southpaw has registered 27 wins in kickboxing, as well as a further 4 victories in mixed martial arts and recently defeated former UFC title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi in a three-round kickboxing bout. Mayweather has teased a foray into mixed martial arts in recent months, but his fight against Nasukawa is unlikely to be under MMA rules, according to ESPN's Ariel Helwani.

But it is thought this could be the legendary American's first tilt towards a prospective MMA combat fight in 2019 with a rematch against Conor McGregor mooted or a money-spinning fight with McGrgeor's UFC 229 conqueror Khabib Nurmagomedov.

'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.

The 41-year-old Mayweather is 50-0, while the 20-year-old Nasukawa is also undefeated.

He added: "You might be surprised after hearing this announcement, and honestly speaking I'm a little surprised myself".

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He had competed in over 100 amateur kickboxing fights before he turned 18, and he now holds an exceptional record as a professional, winning all 27 of his bouts.

"It's the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history".

He is expected to return to the United States on Tuesday to begin training.

"We still have some work to do", said Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the RIZIN chairman.

"It's really all about the skills, it's not about the weight". "Boxing rules I wouldn't mind. I just want to entertain".

Time will tell what he means by "special bout".