US boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather is set to fight Japanese kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa today Monday in a New Year’s Eve fight near Tokyo.
The 41-year-old unbeaten champion has been tempted out of retirement yet again for a one-off “exhibition” in Saitama, north of Tokyo, against “Ninja Boy” Nasukawa, a fighter more than half his age at 20.
Like Mayweather, he is unbeaten, boasting a 28-0 record as a professional kickboxer with 21 wins by knockout. He has four wins from four matches in mixed martial arts.
The multi-million-dollar rumble outside Tokyo to be held under boxing rules.
The bout will be fought over three rounds of three minutes but there are no judges and no winner will be declared unless there is a knockout.
The exhibition will not have an official winner or loser if it goes the distance, meaning both men can keep their treasured unbeaten records in the absence of a knock-out.
“Money” Mayweather came out of a two-year retirement in 2017 and knocked out mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor in the 10th round of a super-hyped boxing match.
There are also rumours Mayweather could take on reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who said last month any match-up would be “twice as interesting” as the McGregor fight.