Returning Floyd Mayweather Odds-On to Remain Unbeaten
Floyd Mayweather’s unbeaten aura will remain intact when he comes out of retirement once again, this time to fight relatively unknown martial arts professional Tenshin Nasukawa, according to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power.
‘Money’ Mayweather announced a surprise December 31st date with unbeaten Japanese kickboxer and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Nasukawa on Sunday, with the bout set to take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The unexpected development comes after weeks of speculation linking Mayweather with an MMA debut against Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, the undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion who recently defended his belt against Conor McGregor.
McGregor, of course, was Mayweather’s last opponent – his 50th victim in a professional boxing ring – but in taking on Nasukawa, who is unbeaten in four MMA fights and has a kickboxing record of 27-0, the American is stepping into the unknown.
Nonetheless, Paddy Power make Mayweather the 2/9 favourite when the two collide, with Nasukawa given an 11/4 chance of being the first man to beat ‘Money’ in a professional fight.
That’s a considerably shorter price than McGregor was given in the build-up to his money-making date with Mayweather in Las Vegas last year, with the Irishman as long as 4/1 in fight week having started out an even bigger price.
The odds on Mayweather verses Nasukawa could well fluctuate in the coming weeks as further details of the fight emerge.
No specific rules of the fight have been confirmed, with key details such as weight limit, number of rounds and what type of gloves are to be worn yet to be discussed.
"We'll get that situated within the next couple of weeks," stressed Mayweather, when pressed for further details of the fight.
‘Let’s Do Something Different’
"This particular bout is a special bout as far as we're giving the people something they've never seen before," he added. "The world has never seen Mayweather compete live in Tokyo.
“Throughout the years, I've seen a lot of fans from Japan come to Las Vegas and come to the US, but me and my team said let's do something different. Let's go over to Japan.”
Mayweather went on to suggest this bout is for the purposes of growing his profile in Asia, with the fight to be promoted by Japanese company Rizin Fighting Federation, who specialise in MMA and kickboxing.
"As far as the weight class, we're not really worried about that. It's all about me going out there and displaying my skills against another skilful fighter. So we both want to go out there and display our skills and give people excitement.
"I just want to entertain. I will speak with my team and I will let my team get with Rizin and I'm pretty sure they'll come up with a great idea, but it's all about entertainment and that's what we want to do for the people."
Rumours are already circulating that Mayweather is using the Nasukawa fight as a warm-up for an eventual fight with Nurmagomedov, although bookmakers are making the Russian a big outsider should the two eventually fight in a boxing ring, with Coral going 9/1 on the Russian.
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