The news that the money train is going back on the tracks and Floyd Mayweather will lace up his gloves and step back in the ring once again has set the fighting world set a flutter.
The former multi-weight world boxing champion will fight the kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in his native Japan on New Year’s Eve of this year.
"I wanted to do something different," said Mayweather upon the announcement.
"I wanted to display my skills outside the US and be in a special fight. I want to give the people what they want - blood, sweat and tears."
The undefeated American has signed on with the RIZIN Fighting Federation, which Nasukawa already fighter with.
"It was a surprise offer but I accepted without hesitation," said the Kickboxing specialist.
"It's the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history. I'll do that with these fists, with one punch - just watch."
The 20-year-old holds a 27-0 record in kickboxing and a 4-0 record in Mixed Martial Arts.
It’s not yet clear under which set of rules that the fight will take place, but that’s expected to be finalised in the coming days.
Mayweather teased out a bit of speculation from fans earlier today after posting a photo to his Instagram account of one boxing glove and one MMA glove.
A master of self-promotion, he’s toyed with the idea of crossing codes before, both in the build-up to his bout with the MMA star Conor McGregor last year and while discussing a mooted fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, another UFC fighter.
Regardless of what code the fight falls under, Mayweather’s opponent looks to have the power to pose problems, judging by the savage stoppage of a high-grade boxing opponent below.