FLOYD MAYWEATHER has warned Tenshin Nasukawa he must be able to take it as well as he can dish it out ahead of their exhibition bout today.
Mayweather, 41, meets undefeated kickboxer Nasukawa, 20, in a boxing exhibition today in Tokyo, Japan, with MMA promotion Rizin staging the event.
Nasukawa has won 27 of his 28 kickboxing bouts by knockout and once beat former IBF flyweight boxing champion Amnat Ruenroeng last year.
However, Mayweather warned his opponent to be able to give us good as he can take – despite the American admitting he is impressed with Nasukawa’s ability.
Mayweather said: “Youth is on his side, he’s very young, he’s very active, very tough.
“I had the chance to see some highlights, I had the chance to see some highlights and I was impressed with Tenshin, I was very impressed with him.
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“I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have to worry about anything.
“Whether it’s sparring or an exhibition or a real fight, when you dish it out you have to be able to take it, so I’m pretty sure he’s going to dish it out, but he has to be able to take it.
“Even though it’s just three rounds I think we should be able to give people action.”
Mayweather will box Nasukawa over three rounds, but with no judges scoring the bout, the fight will not have an official winner.
Nasulawa comes into the fight having never boxed before, while Mayweather will not only have the advantage in boxing experience, but also in size.
Mayweather weighed in for his last boxing match at 149.5lbs, while Nasukawa campaigns at featherweight, roughly 28lbs lighter at 122lbs.
However, Nasukawa is not fazed by Mayweather’s umblishimed 50-0 record, as he vowed to ‘shut down’ his opponent.
Nasukawa said: “People in Japan, listen. I will take down Mayweather – you should look forward to it.”
The 20-year-old will enter the fight deprived of his ability to kick Mayweather – something that has made Nasukawa a cult hero in Japan.
Mayweather defeated The Notorious after ten rounds, in what was McGregor’s pro boxing debut.
The consequences of Nasukawa throwing a strike otherwise legal in every other fight he’s ever competed in was made clear by Mayweather’s team earlier in the week.
Mayweather’s business partner said: “There is a penalty clause in the contract of an undisclosed amount if he is to use any moves of an MMA nature.”