Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will return to the ring with a battle in Tokyo in February 2021, organisers mentioned Monday, however who he’ll battle and underneath what guidelines was left unclear. The retired ex-champ had already dropped hints in regards to the battle, which follows a extensively ridiculed 2018 “exhibition” match in opposition to a Japanese kickboxer, however organisers provided extra particulars on Monday. Will probably be a part of an occasion dubbed “Mega 2021”, being hosted on the Tokyo Dome within the Japanese capital on February 28, the manufacturing committee mentioned in a press launch.
They mentioned it could characteristic “champion-class” fighters, together with Mayweather, however gave no additional particulars — together with who the welterweight star will face, and underneath what situations.
Final week the 43-year-old shared a video on Instagram teasing the battle.
“Tokyo, Japan, I am coming again, in 2021,” he mentioned within the clip.
“I do know the Olympics is in Japan in 2021, however me, myself, Floyd ‘Cash’ Mayweather and my crew shall be doing one thing huge in Tokyo Dome… Japan, I am on my approach.”
Mayweather retired three years in the past, and though he had beforehand introduced he was “popping out of retirement in 2020”, he hasn’t been seen in motion this yr.
A legend in the boxing world with an unbeaten 50-Zero report, Mayweather is not any stranger to Japan, the place he fought an exhibition match in opposition to MMA star Tenshin Nasukawa in December 2018 — the final time he was coaxed out of retirement for a giant payday.
Mayweather floored the kickboxer lower than half his age 3 times within the first spherical earlier than the Japanese fighter’s coach rushed in to cease the battle.
Mayweather hinted on-line that he earned $9 million for the two-minute battle.
In 2017, Mayweather knocked out blended martial arts fighter Conor McGregor within the 10th spherical of a super-hyped boxing match.
And in 2015, he defeated Philippine boxing megastar Manny Pacquiao of their “Struggle of the Century” — which largely didn’t reside as much as the hype.
Mayweather is believed to have earned an estimated $300 million from the factors victory over Pacquiao, which stays probably the most profitable battle in historical past and generated greater than $600 million in income.
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