NO KICKS: Floyd Mayweather to accept seven figures for nine-minute fight
Floyd Mayweather has made yet another u-turn on a potential fight in Japan on New Year’s Eve.
The 41 year-old firstly confirmed a clash with kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, only to back out when further details were revealed.
WBN understands a row over the fee was the problem and Mayweather is now likely to accept a seven-figure sum for nine minutes work.
Speaking to TMZ, Mayweather said: “We’re gonna make it happen,” before revealing more details.
“Rules? It’s gonna be a little boxing exhibition. No kicking.
“It’s a no-brainer. Just because I’m retired from boxing. I still make appearances worldwide and make a ton of money.”
WHO IS TENSHIN?
Nasukawa has become one of the most popular fighters in Japan and holds a record of 27-0. He’s perhaps the best combat sports prospect the country has ever seen.
Between both MMA and kickboxing fights, Tenshin has fought over thirty times despite turning 20 just over two months ago.
The current RISE Featherweight Champion, Tenshin began to make a name for himself with wins over the likes of Amnat Ruenroeng and Wanchalong PK Saenchai in the KNOCK OUT promotion out of Thailand.
Since those wins, Nasukawa has become a massive star under the RIZIN banner. Racking up four dominant mixed martial arts wins, defeating multiple men to be crowned the 2017 RIZIN KICK Tournament Champion.
And most recently outpointing fellow superstar Kyoji Horiguchi in the biggest fight the Saitama Super Arena has ever seen. Tenshin has a rematch with Taiki Naito at RISE 129 later this month.
RIZIN 14 is scheduled for December 31, 2018, live from the famed Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.