Floyd Mayweather told a TMZ reporter that the fight against 20-year-old up-and-coming undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa is back on!
The fight was originally announced earlier this month and a press conference was held on November 4th. During the presser, a number of reporters asked Floyd for his thoughts on his opponent. The key word there is “opponent”. Later, Floyd released a statement saying he “never agreed” to an official fight.
Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regard to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced. First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan. Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a 9 minute exhibition of 3 rounds with an opponent selected by the “Rizen Fighting Federation”. What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of “One Entertainment” was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee. This exhibition was previously arranged as a “Special Bout” purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide. Once I arrived to the press conference, my team and I were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going and we should have put a stop to it immediately. I want to sincerely apologize to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference and I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent nor approval. For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry. I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.
Floyd Mayweather does not look good in this whole situation. And I’ll explain, in a moment…
Now, he’s saying the fight is back on, but it’s going to be an “exhibition” bout. Meaning, it’s going to be a glorified sparring session.
The problem Floyd will have is that in his eyes it won’t be a “real fight”. But for Tenshin Nasukawa and the company – Rizin Fighting Federation will be looking for a FIGHT. Tenshin is an undefeated very talented fighter. The fight will be taking place in the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Tenshin Nasukawa is from Japan so he will have the entire crowd on his side. Not to mention how big of a fanbase RFF has in Japan – in which their based out of.
Tenshin Nasukawa has a long and exciting career ahead of him beyond this point. He is undefeated, and in most of his fights, he looked unbeatable. So I would not be surprised seeing him in the UFC or any of the other MMA companies such as Bellator. Tenshin’s arrow is pointing way up, and Floyd’s started to point down many years ago.
There is no way Tenshin Nasukawa loses to Floyd Mayweather in this fight. Even if Tenshin Nasukawa goes easy on Mayweather, and neither get knockout or hurt. In the end, Tenshin Nasukawa will have his hand raised. And Floyd Mayweather will leave that arena with a 50-1 record. So what’s the point of all this? Honestly, it’s Floyd, it’s always for the money. They’re set to fight on December 31st.
Here is my prediction for this fight. Both fighters will be instructed ahead of time that this is an exhibition, no need to get injured, just like when you sparring, go easy.
First round, I think Tenshin Nasukawa comes out and connects a few hard shots. Floyd Mayweather will start to notice this is for real and not an “exhibition”
Second round, Floyd starts to try and download Tenshin’s style – as he always does in his past fights. Floyd normally takes some damage in the early rounds to allow himself to see his opponent’s style and to adjust.
Third and Fourth rounds will just be Tenshin Nasukawa laying into Floyd Mayweather. By the time Floyd knows Tenshin’s style, the fight will be basically over – remember this fight will only have 4-9 rounds.
As I mentioned earlier, there is no way they’re going to raise Floyd’s hand in victory. There is no ‘Nevada State Athletic Commission’ to ensure there’s no foolishness going on.
This fight will really do damage to Floyd Mayweather’s boxing legacy.
Chael Sonnen has a fantastic video on this topic. Check it out below!