Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will be stepping back inside the boxing ring next year.
Mayweather hasn’t been shy in expressing his desire to compete in another exhibition affair. “Money” says he will stay retired as a professional. He ended his pro career with a record of 50-0.
The last time Mayweather competed was back in December 2018. He took on kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition boxing bout under the RIZIN banner. Mayweather steamrolled Nasukawa for the first-round TKO win.
Mayweather took to his Instagram account recently to say that he will be making a return to Japan. At the time of his post, not much was known about his plans.
“Tokyo, Japan, I’m coming back in 2021,” Mayweather said. “I know the Olympics is in Japan in 2021, but me myself, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, and my team will be doing something big in the Tokyo Dome. Japan, I’m on my way.”
An MMA event is scheduled for Japan called MEGA 2021. It’ll take place inside the Tokyo Dome. During a press conference, it was announced that Mayweather would compete on the card.
‼️🎌 Floyd Mayweather will return to the ring for a fight at Tokyo Dome on Feb 28th. Details scarce, but Floyd called into a presser to announce he would compete on same show as new MMA event 'MEGA 2021'. Previously beat Tenshin Nasukawa in a 2018 exhibition at a RIZIN event. pic.twitter.com/4U4bg5YWOE
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) November 16, 2020
Before the announcement, Mayweather told USA TODAY that he’s all for Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. getting back inside the ring for an exhibition match.
“There are so many people that’s in the work world that retire and still do different things and make a couple of dollars just to have fun. Same thing I’m doing. I’m having fun, enjoying life. Why can’t I do some sparring for, you know, some heavy cash?”
He then went on to double down on his plan to stick around for exhibition fights.
“Oh, yes, absolutely.”