Former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather is already plotting another boxer versus kickboxer exhibition against Japanese star Tenshin Nasukawa.
Fresh from beating Tenshin up himself on New Year’s Eve, Mayweather plans to send over Gervonta Davis to potentially do a similar job on a RIZIN Promotions show.
Mayweather dropped Nasukawa three times in a one-sided demolition job in Tokyo on December 31. Afterwards, ‘Money’ promised his opponent he’d arrange another chance for redemption.
It’s not likely to come for Tenshin, though. As the man Mayweather is sending over can be just as daunting a challenge as the five-weight world champion himself.
At 41 and almost 42 years of age. Plus without hardly any training whatsoever, Mayweather battered Tenshin for the duration of the short fight.
With Davis being active only this weekend when taking out a world-rated star like Hugo Ruiz in one round, it doesn’t bode well for Tenshin when the pair eventually collide in the spring.
Confirming the news post-fight on the back of watching Davis defend his WBA super featherweight title at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Mayweather confirmed his blueprint for the coming months.
“We’re talking about May (for Gervonta Davis to return to the ring) if that’s okay with him,” said Mayweather (📸 Dave Mandel).
“(Before that) He’s got an exhibition bout with the guy Tenshin (Nasukawa) in Japan this April. He’s fighting Tenshin in an exhibition match in Japan, on RIZIN.
“I’m proud of Tank. He is going to stay active. So first it’s Tenshin in April and then in May it’s the real fight (possibly unification),” added the Mayweather Promotions Chairman.
Davis v Tenshin continues a worrying trend of exhibition bouts. The match-ups are all down to the paychecks on offer from companies like RIZIN and their sponsors.
It could become common-place to see big stars head overseas to participate in such bouts.
This comes after Mayweather made $9,000,000 for his brief comeback – which many believe won’t be his last.
Reports of a rematch with Manny Pacquiao have been muted of late. But this by no means rules out a possible return between the pair this year.