Floyd Mayweather is being lined up to fight Takashi Uchiyama in exhibition fight


One of boxings greatest Floyd Mayweather looks set to return to the ring. 

The former WBC lightweight champion looks set to face Takashi Uchiyama in an exhibition bout, according to eFight

The fight is reportedly being set up by RIZIN Fighting Federation Banner.

This isn't Mayweather's first exhibition fight for the promotion; he beat kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in 2018, collecting a £7 million purse in the process. 

Mayweather has reportedly discussed getting back into the ring for some time now. Unfortunately, plans got halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Japanese promoter Nobuyuki Sakakibara mentioned the numerous obstacles in their way, but ensured we'll see Mayweather fight again. 

When speaking to the press, he said: "Mayweather vs Takashi Uchiyama is the most exciting.

"Here are various problems such as immigration, opponents, money, etc. But communication with the person is progressing positively. I expect the possibility."


Mayweather officially retired from boxing in 2017 after he defeated notorious UFC fighter Conor McGregor in one of the biggest matches in combat history. 

As for Mayweather's opponent, Uchiyama is known as 'KO Dynamite' as he possesses the power to one-punch knockout his opponent. 

The Japanese star competed for 11 years in a career stretching from 2005 to 2016. Uchiyama held the WBA super-featherweight title for six years before being promoted to Super champion in 2016. 

The 40-year-old retired after losing back-to-back fights against Jezreel Corrales, but is renowned in Japan for his power, winning 20 of his 24 fights by KO.

Uchiyama is currently a weight division lower then Mayweather and is shorter in height and reach, but can still be a deadly threat to the American.

Mayweather has all-but ruled out any possibility of the fight happening next month as even if he were able to fly on his private plane he still wouldn't make it through the Japanese customs as the borders are closed.

As for a live crowd, officials are contemplating filling 50% of the 10,000 capacity of the Pia Arena MM in Yokohama, but it is yet to be confirmed.

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