Floyd Mayweather is set to make his third comeback from retirement with another exhibition bout in China next year.
The unbeaten boxing legend headed to Tokyo for his last fight on New Year’s Eve after being offered $ 9million for a nine-minute contest against Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
Mayweather, 42, toyed with his massively over-matched opponent for much of the opening round before dropping him three times en route to a stoppage victory.
“The press conference will announce that Mayweather will hold a boxing match in China next year,” a spokesperson told the South China Morning Post, via Boxing Scene.
“We have already got the Hainan government’s temporary approval for this event.
“But everything needs to be confirmed with Floyd as well. The details are not 100 per cent confirmed yet. We are in the process of negotiating details with Mayweather’s management.”
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A five-weight world champion, Mayweather first called time on his boxing career in 2007 after stopping Ricky Hatton, only to return two years later and comfortably beat Juan Manuel Marquez.
He retired a second time in 2015 after beating Andre Berto at the MGM Grand, but was back again in August 2017 for his 50th win in the highly anticipated crossover bout back against UFC star Conor McGregor, which Mayweather won by TKO in the tenth.
Last month, Mayweather rubbished rumours of a potential rematch with Manny Pacquiao in Saudi Arabia.
The pair fought in 2015 and Mayweather emerged victorious in a much hyped but ultimately disappointing fight that failed to live up to expectations.
Mayweather told FightHype: “The video that y’all been seeing is false because I went to Saudi Arabia. I went there a long time ago.
“I talked to them about me fighting there, just different fights, but they wanted me to specifically say Manny Pacquiao.
“Basically, that’s an old video. At the end of the day, there’s no talks about me and Manny Pacquiao fighting a rematch.”