Floyd Mayweather reveals motivation to face kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa

Floyd Mayweather

Esther Lin

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has indicated his desire to accept a fight against Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve.

Back in sparring, as confirmed to WBN by Mayweather friend Ashley Theophane last week, Mayweather will be paid a hefty sum for the three-round exhibition.

Not only is a seven-figure sum on the table, but pride for Mayweather to be able to hang with and defeat an undefeated 20-year-old kickboxer.

Boxing rules have been confirmed, although the bout will be in full contact.

Explaining his reasons, Mayweather feels he still has much to offer combat sport.

“This is a great way for me to go out there and give people some entertainment. It’s an exhibition match, but it’s giving me a chance to do something different,” said the 41-year-old legend.

“I love competing against fighters from all walks of life like in my amateur days. It’s all about entertainment. Nine minutes of entertainment. It’s going to be amazing.

“I’m in the entertainment business. That’s what I go out there to do. I love to do this. I’m working out to put on a show for three rounds.

“I will go out there, have fun and do what I do. I’m enjoying life, and I’m going to enjoy this experience,” he added.

Mayweather v Tenshin rules:

– Three minutes per round for three rounds

– Straight boxing rules

– Both will wear either RIZIN 8 ounce gloves

– Weight: 147lbs/67.7kg

– No judges

– Confirmed as a full-contact competition, the bout is not going on boxing or MMA records


A 12-time boxing world champion in five weight classes, Mayweather is one of the greatest ever to enter the ring. Buoyed by box office success that saw him shatter nearly all of the revenue records in the sport’s history.

Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and fighting out of Las Vegas, he is the only fighter to have headlined four events that each generated more than 2 million pay-per-view buys.

Forbes, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated have named Mayweather the world’s highest-paid athlete multiple times throughout a career in which he defeated 24 world champions.


Tenshin Nasukawa was born in 1998 and trained in Karate and kickboxing from an early age by his trainer/father.

He made his professional debut in 2014 at the age of 15 and has since claimed multiple world championships in kickboxing while remaining unbeaten.

Tenshin is now the face for the Rizin Fighting Federation and their biggest headliner to date.

Now aged just 20, Tenshin is a Japanese sensation whose main sponsor is a gaming giant called Cygames.