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Mayweather to fight in Japan on New Year's Eve

TOKYO (Reuters) - American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced at a news conference on Monday he had signed with Japanese mixed martial arts promotions company RIZIN Fighting Federation to fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year's Eve in Saitama.

The undefeated 41-year-old, who has won world boxing titles in five different weight categories, has never fought professionally in mixed martial arts and it has yet to be decided what format and rules the fight would follow.

Speaking at a news conference in Tokyo on Monday, Mayweather said the decision to fight in Japan was about expanding his global profile.

"As far as the weight class and the rules, we will talk about that and will get that situated within the next couple of weeks," said Mayweather.

Mayweather's last bout was in 2017 when he beat Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, running his boxing record to 50-0 and earning close to $300 million.

The finances of the RIZIN deal were not disclosed at Monday's news conference.

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