Mayweather to fight in Japan on New Year's Eve

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"I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo", Mayweather said in a press conference in Japan on Monday.

Floyd Mayweather's route to boxing greatness has been carefully crafted without taking unnecessary risks, yet his announcement of a fight for a Japanese mixed martial arts organisation later this month could be his biggest gamble yet.

Mayweather has teased numerous possible fights since defeating McGregor, including potential rematches with the former UFC champion or Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather hasn't competed since scoring a 10th round knockout against Conor McGregor in August 2017 in a blockbuster showdown between the boxer and mixed martial arts' biggest star.

The 41-year-old boxer, unbeaten in all 50 of his career fights, has always been mooted with a move to mixed martial arts to fight Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov.

"It wasn't easy to make this happen", Mayweather said, "but we told the people anything is possible, so now we're here and we wanna make sure that we give the people in Tokyo what they wanna see - blood, sweat and tears".

It will take place at the RIZIN.14 event in Saitama.

"My punch can change the history and I will show that to you, so please stay tuned".

"Rizin has done a remarkable job with the fighters", said Mayweather, 41, who has abandoned his retirement plans for a second time.

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"I wanted to display my skills outside the USA and be in a special fight".

"I'm very happy that this is going to materialise".

'I can wrestle, I can wrestle a little bit.

"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. "I can do anything if I set my mind to it".

"He's young and he's undefeated so it's obvious he's doing something right", he said.

"I wanted to do something different".

"It's always been a goal of mine to go outside out of the U.S. and display my talent".

ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani said it was unlikely to be an MMP bout.

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