Floyd Mayweather Is Fighting Who? Meet Tenshin Nasukawa

Clint MacLean

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 12:11 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 12:11 PM UTC

Floyd is expanding his combat sports resume to include kickboxing and here's how you can make money on it!

Floyd "Money" Mayweather is a master of calculated risks but is he finally biting off more than he can chew? Tenshin Nasukawa is a Japanese kick boxer and current RISE featherweight World champion and Floyd is going into enemy territory to face him.

Record: 2-0 +2.85 Units

Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin NasukawaFree Pick: Pacquiao in attendance? No -200Best Line Offered: BetOnline

Before we get into the fight and breaking down this match up lets get this prop bet locked and loaded. Mayweather is traveling all the way to Japan to fight Nasukawa. Although he has some of a rivalry with fellow boxer Manny Pacquiao, do you really think that Manny cares enough about a freak-show fight to travel half way around the world to pay to watch it? I highly doubt it. I expect this -200 to get steamed up pretty quickly so I'll take it now.

Similar to the Pacquiao is attendance prop BetOnline has a McGregor in attendance prop lined at +500 for yes and -1000 for no. I personally dont see Conor attending this fight, but I'm also not about laying -1000, so I think i'll pass.

Now lets get into the good stuff. I likely dont need to give you an introduction to the skills Floyd brings to the table in this fight. His unblemished, record breaking 50-0 record and world class boxing skills make him known to even the most casual of fans. Tenshin Nasukawa, on the other hand, you likely know nothing about.

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Nasukawa is 16-0 as a kickboxer and already 4-0 in MMA and has claimed the belt in RISE at featherweight. He is fast, explosive, and athletic which has already made him a fan favorite at just 20 years old. When you watch him fight one thing that immediately stands out is the speed at which he throws kicks. In that respect Nasukawa reminds me of a young Jose Aldo. He uses fast combinations with his hands to set up his kicks and after beating on his opponents legs until they can't take it, he goes high for the kill shot.

Nasukawa fights in the 125lbs division for MMA and in Asian countries they dont cut as much weight as most other countries do for combat sports so he is a much more natural 125 pound fighter. Floyd has fought as low as 125lbs before however his more recent fights have been at higher classes. In his fight against Conor McGregor the weight class was 155 even though Floyd came in easily below that limit. This is a rare circumstance where Floyd will be the larger of the two fighters and maybe the first time where he is the slower fighter.

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Lets look at some of the other props available for this fight at BetOnline.

The straight odds to win are Mayweather -150 vs Nasukawa as a slight +110 underdog. This line is interesting because its placing Mayweather as a short favorite and we should look closely at that. Basically what it comes down to is Floyd doesn't lose fights. He is a master of taking calculated risks that he only see's upsides in. As much as I want to take the young speedy buck here I honestly think Floyd would not take this fight unless he was certain he was going to win it. But that means just one thing.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin NasukawaFree Pick: Boxing Rules +125Best Line Offered: BetOnline

By far the most interesting prop listed, in my opinion, is for what rules this fight will be following. Boxing rules is a slight favorite at +125, Kickboxing and MMA just behind it at +150 each, and finally Street rules at +1600. As previously stated I think Floyd wins this fight. But for that to happen this needs to be a boxing match. If this is kickboxing Nasukawa will chop Floyd's legs until he collapses and he wont be able to dance ever again. If this is MMA Nasukawa will either take Floyd down and take his pick of an easy submission or a TKO where Mayweather doesn't know how to get off his back under pressure. Or he can just leg kick Floyd to hell just like he would in a kickboxing match.

I only see one path to victory for Floyd and that's a boxing match. Nasukawa is the more well rounded fighter in terms of MMA. He is the younger fighter. He is the faster fighter. Floyd can't win this fight unless its pure boxing where he has the greatest advantage of his experience in that specific area. Short of them making this a "kickboxing" match and paying Nasukawa under the table to throw no more than 3 total leg kicks in the fight I see this being a boxing match. This is Japan though, so we cannot throw that possibility out. Even so, I think there is value on taking this fight to be a boxing match at that slight plus line.

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