Floyd Mayweather To Face Undefeated 20-Year Old Japanese Kickboxer On New Year's Eve

It's not Conor McGregor, it's not Khabib Nurmagomedov and it's not even Manny Pacquiao. Floyd Mayweather's next fight will see him take on Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year's Eve.

'Money, who is 50-0 in the boxing ring, has a struck deal with Far East MMA promotion Rizin and it was announced in a press conference last night that he will be involved in a bout on the Rizin 14 card at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo to close out 2018.

Former five-weight world champion Mayweather had been discussing the possibility of a second showdown with McGregor after their Las Vegas superfight, while he's also talked about Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Khabib and Pacquiao, who he beat on decision back in 2015.

However, out of nowhere, the 41-year old will now take on Nasukawa, who is just 20 years of age and has 27 wins out of 27 fights in kickboxing, in addition to a 4-0 record in MMA.

Rules or weight class are to be discussed in the coming weeks according to Mayweather, who called this a "special fight".

"I wanted to do something different," said Mayweather.

"I wanted to display my skills outside the US and be in a special fight. I want to give the people what they want - blood, sweat and tears."

Mayweather, who has teased a move to martial arts in the past, also posted pictures of him with one boxing glove and one MMA glove on Instagram in what could well be a hint on the rule-set in place for this game-changing fight.

A crazy 2018 will end in pretty insane fashion...

Josh Lawless

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