Floyd Mayweather: The Real Reason Behind His MMA Fight

Floyd Mayweather and TMT Tokyo
Floyd Mayweather looking to expand his brand in Japan.

Mayweather is on a mission to build his brand worldwide! Starting with TMT Tokyo!

As most boxing fans know by now, news broke during a press conference in Tokyo with Floyd Mayweather announcing his return to competition to face 20 year-old Tenshin Nasukawa in an MMA bout. The match is on schedule for December 31st at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. This event will be a co-promotion between TMT (The Money Team) Promotions and the MMA promotional company RIZIN Fighting Federation. Many are wondering why Mayweather is doing this. Understand people, there’s a reason Floyd calls himself “Money”.

During the press conference, you could see the TMT promotional banner plastered all over the room. Well, TMT has opened a branch in Tokyo called TMT Tokyo with the goal of expanding the brand worldwide. TMT will also be setting up gyms in cooperation with Kyoei Promotions, a car dealership and a casino. Bottom line, Floyd Mayweather is setting up a lot of business ventures in Japan.

In addition, he has a close relationship with the infamous, but powerful Kameda family which played a part in TMT’s venture into Japan.

He admitted as much during the press conference while explaining his reasons for stepping back into the ring saying:

“My company have been making some huge fights happen in the U.S. but we look forward to taking the Mayweather promotions banner and the TMT (The Money Team) banner worldwide and if it means working with a great guy like this (Rizin president Nobuyuki Sakakibara) then there is no problem.”

While this surprise may seem odd to many, there’s an ulterior motive here. Mayweather’s upcoming fight against Nasukawa is a catalyst to expand the brand of TMT. Now, there is definitely an argument for the expansion of TMT worldwide not requiring him stepping back into the ring. However, this is Floyd Mayweather we’re talking about here. No matter what you think of Mayweather, the man knows business and knows how to make money. This is about strictly business and expanding the brand of TMT, pure and simple.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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