Earlier this month, it was introduced that the legendary boxer would tackle the MMA and kickboxing prodigy on New Yr’s Eve.


However a number of days after the shock announcement, Mayweather pulled an enormous U-turn, insisting he’d by no means agreed to face the undefeated kickboxer.


The saga took one other twist final evening when 41-year-old Mayweather declared that the bout is again on, telling TMZ: “We’re gonna make it occur.”


And fewer than 24 hours after Mayweather’s second U-turn in a matter of days, Sakakibara has confirmed the previous five-weight world champion will certainly do battle with Nasukawa.




“The misunderstanding with Floyd Mayweather has been resolved,” Sakakibara mentioned in a tweet posted on Friday, alongside a photograph of himself and Mayweather.


“He’ll struggle with Tenshin Nasukawa on New Yr’s Eve for RIZIN 14. I’ll clarify the main points as soon as I’m again in Japan.”


Mayweather’s newest bout might be a three-round exhibition match, during which Nasukawa received’t be allowed to make use of his kicks, knees or elbows.


“No, it wasn’t imagined to be an official struggle, no. An exhibition, a small nine-minute exhibition,” Mayweather mentioned.




“Guidelines? It’s going to be a bit boxing exhibition. No kicking in any respect. I’ll simply be transferring round with the man for 9 minutes.”


Mayweather hasn’t fought since his August 2017 bout with former UFC featherweight and light-weight champion Conor McGregor.


In current weeks, the Michigan native has hinted that he may finish his second retirement to face McGregor’s successor on the summit of the light-weight division, Khabib Nurmagomedov.


Mayweather is prepared to face the undefeated Nurmagomeodv however received’t accomplish that contained in the Octagon.




“They got here to me speaking concerning the Khabib struggle,” 41-year-old Mayweather advised TMZ Sports activities. “Khabib referred to as me out, I didn’t name Khabib out.


“They mentioned it has to occur within the Octagon and I mentioned, ‘You simply inform me the place Khabib has made 9 figures earlier than within the Octagon.


“If he hasn’t made 9 figures, he’s not the A aspect. I’m the A aspect, so if you happen to guys need the struggle to occur, it’s essential to come my manner. My manner, my guidelines.”


He added: “[It] has to [be boxing]. My manner, my guidelines. I’m Floyd ‘Cash’ Mayweather. Even when it don’t occur, I’m comfy. I’ve received an ideal life. Homes throughout L.A. I’m retired and I’m nonetheless residing an ideal life.”




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