Mayweather set for sensational return with fight in Japan next year

Floyd Mayweather comes out of retirement AGAIN as he announces his return to the ring in Tokyo in February… but will it be more of a contest than the 136-second fight that earned him £7m last time?

  • Floyd Mayweather is coming out of retirement to fight in Japan next year
  • The boxing legend will headline an event in the capital on February 28
  •  Mayweather fought in Japan in 2018 when he beat kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa
  • An opponent for Mayweather’s latest comeback has not yet been named 

Floyd Mayweather is set to make a sensational return to the ring next year with a fight lined up in Tokyo for February 28.

The boxing legend will temporarily come out of retirement again to headline an event dubbed ‘Mega 2021’ in the Japanese capital, according to La Provence, but an opponent is yet to be named.

Mayweather, 43, hinted last week on an Instagram video that he would be fighting again in Japan – but it may not be boxing as the show he is set to be on is a new MMA event.

Floyd Mayweather revealed last week he has ‘something big planned’ in Tokyo next year

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‘Tokyo, Japan, I will be back in 2021… Me and my team are going to do something big at the Tokyo Dome. Japan, I’m on my way.’

The former multi-weight world champion called into a press conference on Monday to announce he would be competing on the MMA show.

The undefeated boxer wowed the Japanese fighting fans on New Year’s Eve back in 2018 when he easily defeated their kickboxing hero Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition fight – which earned him £7million – in just two minutes.

Mayweather, who also has a number of business ventures in Japan, is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time and has repeatedly ruled out a return to the ring unless he was offered the right opponent for the right money. 

Retired boxing legend is reportedly going to be fighting in a headliner at an event in February

Mayweather blew kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa away in an exhibition fight in Tokyo in 2018

The American’s last professional fight was a money-spinning showdown in 2017 with UFC star Conor McGregor, which he won via a 10th-round stoppage and took home a pay cheque worth $275m (£200m) for his night’s work. 

He has talked of his desire to fight McGregor again or face recently retired UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov on multiple occasions but only if it was for $300million (£228m).

The retired superstar has also regularly said that he has ‘something big’ planned with UFC president Dana White in 2021 and flirted with the idea of crossing over to MMA.

However, event organisers suggested in a press release on Monday that Mayweather might not be the only big-name boxer on the Tokyo bill.

Details of Mayweather’s latest return are scarce at present but the most likely scenario is that the fight will be an exhibition.

Mayweather’s last professional boxing fight was against Conor McGregor back in 2017

He has previously admitted he would fight UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov for $300million

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