TOKYO (AP) -- Floyd Mayweather is planning on fighting Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31 in Saitama, north of Tokyo. The 41-year-old Mayweather is 50-0 in his boxing career but has never fought professionally under MMA rules. Although he did have a lucrative win over MMA fighter Conor McGregor last year. Japanese promoter the RIZIN Fighting Federation on Monday said rules and the weight class for the bout have not been set. "We still have some work to do," said Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the RIZIN chairman. The 20-year-old Nasukawa, speaking at a news conference alongside Mayweather, called it "probably the biggest event of my life so far." He also vowed to end Mayweather's long string of victories. "Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past, and I would like to be the man who makes history," Nasukawa said, speaking through an interpreter. "My punch can change history. And I will show that to you. So please stay tuned." Mayweather sat calmly and then praised his young … [Read more...] about Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa
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LAS VEGAS — Khabib Nurmagomedov was first on the scales at Friday morning’s official weigh-in for UFC 229 on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. When Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, called out “155,” much of the angst surrounding Nurmagomedov’s showdown with Conor McGregor for the UFC Lightweight Championship was gone. Nurmagomedov, who has struggled to make weight in previous fights to the point of once being hospitalized, made the lightweight limit and promptly hopped off the scales, sending a message that he was ready to validate his title by taking on McGregor. An hour later, the Irishman weighed in at 154.5 for his first UFC bout in nearly two years, ensuring what is expected to be one of the richest fights in UFC history. “I’m the UFC champion, undefeated and undisputed,” Nurmagomedov said. “I have to be careful because he has good timing and good boxing, but my wrestling and my pressure, … [Read more...] about How fight vs. Mayweather will help McGregor win this bout
LAS VEGAS — When Conor McGregor was last in Sin City for a big fight, his opponent was unbeaten boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. It was McGregor’s first professional fight as a boxer, but some people actually thought the Irishman had a chance to beat Mayweather, who easily ran his record to 50-0 with a 10th-round TKO victory 14 months ago. It says volumes about McGregor’s ability to sell a fight that more than 4 million purchased the pay-per-view to witness a fight that was easily predictable. Mayweather, a genius with gloves, essentially carried McGregor until he tired. Mayweather made about $200 million for the fight, while McGregor earned just short of $100 million. Cha-ching. McGregor might have seemed the perfect foil for Mayweather. But actually it was the other way around. The bout would have never happened without McGregor being as popular as he is. It was the “McGregor Show” and it’s ready for a revival. When last seen in the Octagon, … [Read more...] about Conor McGregor back selling his stale act for UFC’s bottom line
Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the Hard Rock casino-hotel in Las Vegas, Saturday, April 7, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather is ending another retirement in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Mayweather announced on his Instagram profile early Saturday that he’s returning to fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch in December. “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year,” Mayweather’s Instagram post read. “Another nine-figure payday on the way.” Mayweather’s social media post included a video of him talking to Pacquiao, 39, at an event in Japan. “I’m coming back in December,” Mayweather can be heard telling his entourage. Mayweather, 41, didn’t mention where the fight would take place. Pacquiao also mentioned the rematch on his social media and told Mayweather “I have the belt.” “I’m going to take it from you like I did before,” … [Read more...] about Floyd Mayweather announces 2018 rematch against Manny Pacquiao
Are we any closer to Conor McGregor making his return to the Octagon and facing Khabib Nurmagomedov? Is a Khabib Nurmagomedov Conor McGregor fight right around the corner?Well, before MMA fans can think ahead to that, McGregor is slated to return to a New York City court July 26, with TMZ Sports reporting last month that the UFC superstar is negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors stemming from his April 5th Barclays Center (Brooklyn) bus attack, which injured fellow fighters Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa.A video from the wild rampage clearly shows McGregor picking up a dolly and hurling it at the bus, shattering its window and causing the injuries. During his court appearance last month, McGregor did say, "I understand the seriousness of this matter and I'm hopeful that it gets resolved soon,” as reported by TMZ. If McGregor is able to broker a plea deal next week, his highly-anticipated bout with Nurmagomedov could take one more step closer to becoming a reality. According … [Read more...] about Khabib Nurmagomedov Conor McGregor fight now good to go? When?