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Mayweather’s venture into MMA has to be about refilling the money pot

Floyd Mayweather showers hundred-dollar bills like it’s confetti… this crazy venture into the world of mixed martial arts has to be about refilling the money pot or why on earth would he do it?

  • Floyd Mayweather must be running out of money or why would he keep fighting?
  • The undefeated boxer has agreed a deal with Japanese MMA promoters Rizin
  • He says he will fight Tenshin Nasukawa first and has signed an ongoing deal
  • With his extravagant lifestyle, it wouldn’t be surprising if the pot needed refilling

Is Floyd Mayweather running out of money? Maybe.

Can anyone really burn through six hundred million dollars in no time?

Ask Mike Tyson who blew half that staggering amount as quick as you like. Unbelievably at the time.

Floyd Mayweather's MMA venture has to be about money or why on earth would he do it? 

Floyd Mayweather’s MMA venture has to be about money or why on earth would he do it? 

The questions are being asked as Mayweather signs up to fight a tiny kickboxer in a Japanese commuter town 30 kilometres outside Tokyo on New Year’s Eve.

Why on earth is he doing this? Why yet another comeback?

The answer to all the above is probably to be found right there in his nickname: Money.

Mayweather does try to keep himself relevant in retirement. He does talk about finding new challenges: ‘I want to do something different. All my 50 fights have been in America and I want to display my skills outside the US.’ 

Mayweather has agreed a deal with MMA promoters Rizin to fight Tenshin Nasukawa

Mayweather has agreed a deal with MMA promoters Rizin to fight Tenshin Nasukawa

But the giveaway may be in him revealing that he has agreed an ongoing deal with the rather obscure mixed martial arts promoters Rizin to take this circus around the world.

Why do that? Unless it guarantees even more money than a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, or another boxing match against a cross-over UFC star to follow the stroll to victory over Conor McGregor?

Are we talking at least another hundred million bucks?

The reason may well lie in the extraordinary lifestyle. All the palatial homes, the executive jets, who knows how many of the world’s most expensive cars, the diamond-encrusted jewellery.

Surely he would only do that if it guaranteed more money than boxing a cross-over UFC star

Surely he would only do that if it guaranteed more money than boxing a cross-over UFC star

The entourage appears to have been cut back somewhat but there are still the children, the high-maintenance ladies, the top-dollar lawyers, his generosity to brother boxers including former opponents who have fallen on hard times, the showering of hundred-dollar bills like confetti on patrons of expensive Las Vegas hot spots and his own adult nightclub.

Then there is the gambling. Mayweather bets on all manner of sports. When he wins big he is fond of posting photographs of the betting slips on social media. But there are no pictures when he loses large, as all high rollers must.

Having witnessed at first hand some of Iron Mike’s wild extravagances, it would not surprise me if Mr Money needs to refill the pot.

Is 'Money' Mayweather running out of dough? He does shower hundred-dollar bills like confetti

Is ‘Money’ Mayweather running out of dough? He does shower hundred-dollar bills like confetti

The high-maintenance ladies, the luxurious lifestyle, he probably needs to refill the money pot
Mayweather pictured at the Sheik Zayed Mosque in Dubai

And with the high-maintenance ladies and his luxurious lifestyle, the pot must need refilling

The American has also recently purchased an extraordinary $10m mansion in Las Vegas

The American has also recently purchased an extraordinary $10m mansion in Las Vegas

But just as much as his wealth, Mayweather cherishes that perfect 50-0 ring career, which surpassed Rocky Marciano’s historic record when he lured McGregor out of the cage and inside the ropes.

The terms of engagement with Tenshin Nasukawa in Saitama have yet to be disclosed. If it is a boxing match the youngster has no realistic chance.

If some types of kicks are to be allowed Mayweather will still have a four-inch height advantage and probably out-weigh his latest opponent by as much as 25lbs. Call it risk management.

Or could it be the kind of arrangement under which Muhammad Ali went to fight a kickboxer in Japan and it ended up in what looked suspiciously like an arranged draw?

Mike Tyson burned through his fortune so it isn't too far fetched to imagine 'Money' doing it too

Mike Tyson burned through his fortune so it isn’t too far fetched to imagine ‘Money’ doing it too

Nasukawa and his handlers say no. They say he has the Matrix-like speed and power in his left hook to become the first to defeat Mayweather in any form of unarmed combat.

The Greatest needed the money at the time and did not appear to be troubled at any point. But one exceptional kick landed on the back of his leg provoked a blood clot later which proved worryingly difficult and time-consuming to heal.

Ali’s reputation was not damaged in the long term. Nor will Mayweather’s be, no matter how contrived the New Year’s Eve entertainment.

But be warned. At 41, there is always some kind of price to pay for taking brutally physical risks.

Nasukawa (R) and his handlers believe he will be the first man to defeat Mayweather in combat

Nasukawa (R) and his handlers believe he will be the first man to defeat Mayweather in combat

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