The Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa has certainly taken some twists and turns throughout the run up to the event that takes place on New Year’s Eve. The surprise event was first announced on November 5th to a stunned audience who could not believe that the crossover fight was taking place between Mayweather and Nasukawa. During the press conference, RIZIN claimed that they have not settled the format for the event yet. Mayweather did not say anything about it during the press conference but many could sense that Mayweather was not happy about what was being said.
After the press conference, Mayweather back out of the fight and said that the two sides were not on the same page. After about a week or so Mayweather posted that the fight was back on as the two sides had come to an agreement. The fight would be a boxing only match, no kicking, and it would be televised and held in one of Japan’s biggest venues. Making the exhibition fight a boxing only event certainly puts the fight in Mayweather’s favor but Nasukawa was not afraid to send Mayweather a warning on Instagram after it was officially announced that the fight was back on.
“Ok Floyd, change your mind? I see we are doing this now,” Nasukawa said in an Instagram post. “I got a lot to prove, don’t underestimate me. My speed > your experience.”
Boxing and MMA fans are both incredibly interested in the outcome of this match as Nasukawa could have a chance against one of the greatest boxers of all time. Most experts believe that Nasukawa does not have a chance to beat Mayweather in a boxing match as the five-time world champion has too much experience and too much technical ability to be taken down by the 20-year-old.
Mayweather had this same type of match back in 2017 when he took down Conor McGregor in a similar type of exhibition match but that match was scheduled to go 12 rounds and Mayweather won by TKO in 10 rounds. This exhibition match is only 3 rounds long so anything could happen as both fighters can go as hard as they can as the match will only last 9 minutes total. This fact could turn a lot off a lot of potential fans as the match will be so short that it will barely be worth watching. There is no word as to if there will be other matches happening the same night of the exhibition or if Mayweather and Nasukawa will be the only two fighting.
Whoever comes out on top will have bragging rights for the rest of their lives so I would not be surprised if Mayweather takes this fight seriously and wants to send a message to Nasukawa. Mayweather also wants to build a brand in Japan and send his own fighters over to Japan to fight as well so this would be a long-term contract with RIZIN as they have their fighters face Mayweather’s. There will be plenty of long-term action in Japan to make up for this short fight and this partnership certainly has a bright future.