Boxing Legend Mayweather Signed to Fight Japanese Superstar Tenshin Nasukawa

Floyd Mayweather shocked the world Sunday night with a surprise announcement that he’d be fighting in Japanese MMA organization, Rizin, against current Japanese superstar kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve.

Mayweather’s most recent fight was against former UFC lightweight and featherweight champ Conor McGregor who he gassed out and punched in the face a bunch of times before the ref stopped it. Not surprisingly, both of them were winners as they both made millions off the fight.

In a different timeline, McGregor most recently fought Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight belt at UFC 229 in the beginning of October. After McGregor lost by neck crank, a full on brawl started inside and out of the cage. A few days later, Khabib called out Mayweather for a superfight. Mayweather didn’t sign the contract because the Cup Noodle guy from Rizin probably made him a sweeter offer.

Who is Tenshin Nasukawa?

Tenshin Nasukawa is a 20-year-old kickboxing prodigy with a 105 win, 5 loss, 1 draw amateur kickboxing record. He has a 27 win and no loss professional kickboxing record with 20 of those wins by knockout. He also has a 4 win, no loss MMA record. 2 of which were by knockout and 1 of which was by submission.

He had a record of 99-5 before he turned 18 and before he turned pro. He knocked out Wanchalong PK Senchaigym, a multiple Bangkok Lumpinee and Channel 7 champion, during his first full Muay Thai rule fight.

Tenshin recently faced Kyoji Horiguchi, the current Rizin bantamweight champ and who some feel is the #2 best bantamweight in the world, in a kickboxing fight which was surprisingly competitive.

Everyone knows who Floyd is

Floyd Mayweather is a 41-year-old boxing pound for pound boxing legend who has a 50 win, no loss boxing record. He has no experience in kickboxing or MMA. He needs no introduction as everyone knows about his boxing, gambling and maybe inability to read.

He has both an experience and size advantage on Tenshin. Floyd fights around 150 while Tenshin usually fights around 120.

Are they boxing?

The ruleset for the match hasn’t been set but everyone agrees that it’d be stupid for Mayweather to agree to anything other than a boxing much. It’s unclear why Mayweather even agreed to this. Some speculate he was tricked when Rizin presented the offer to him in Japanese yen and he didn’t realize he had to convert it to US dollars until it was too late. Others speculate he’s not so much fighting for Rizin so much as he is now a partner in Rizin.

Whatever the case may be, this is going to be a big money fight for Japan. Tenshin is already a superstar in his country who’s primary goal is to usher in a new era of kickboxing. One that rivaled the days of K1. Mayweather is a legend who can really sell a fight. Unfortunately, because of the respectful nature of Japanese fight fans, Mayweather is going to have a hard time trash talking Tenshin.

For one, I don’t think anyone is going to fully understand what he’s talking about no matter what sort of Voltron he forms. Secondly, even if they did sort of understand what he was saying, the crowd is going to be full of nothing but hushed whispers and Floyd will be standing there wondering why no one is getting hyped as he makes it rain fake hundred dollar bills. It’s going to be a circus for sure, just not the one Japan is used to.

Everyone is just as confused

What would a Floyd Mayweather fight be without 50 Cent trolling him?

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