what did you miss: manny pacquiao signs with rizin

06:30    09 Apr 2019

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao has followed fellow boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr by signing with Japanese company Rizin.

Rizin which stands for Rizin Fighting Federation (Rizin FF) is a Japanese mixed martial arts organization created in 2015 by the former Pride Fighting Championships and Dream Stage Entertainment president Nobuyuki Sakakibara.

The organisation put together American superstar Mayweather's exhibition fight with kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Tokyo on New Year's Eve 2018.

Mayweather, who retired from professional boxing undefeated, defeated Nasukawa in the first round of the boxing match.

Pilipino boxer Pacquiao could reportedly face Nasukawa, who recently signed a new deal with Rizin.

Rizin's chief executive officer Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced the news on Monday. Sakakibara posted photos on Twitter of the eight-division world champion Pacquiao signing a contract.

"I'm here in the Philippines," Sakakibara said on Sky Sports. "RIZIN 15 will have this man involved in a way. We will be ready to announce as I get back to Japan."

Rizin 15 will take place on April 21, 2019 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.

Pacquiao's last professonal fight was a unanimous decision win over American fighter Adrien Broner in January 2019. They were fighting for the WBA (regular) welterweight title.


Koscielny and Xhaka doubtful ahead of Arsenal's clash with Napoli


Arsenal's key players Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka are both doubtful ahead of the team's UEFA Europa League quarter final first-leg clash with Napoli.

The two players missed Sunday’s English Premier League defeat at Everton, due to foot and groin injuries respectively.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery issued an update on potential comeback dates.

"I don’t know. Maybe Laurent could’ve come back to play today but yesterday we knew it wasn’t possible. I want to be positive for Thursday but it depends how he’s progressing," Emery said.

"Xhaka is the same. They are doubts for Thursday. We have players and we know we can produce the performance with all the players.

"When you lose a match, maybe you can look at the players who didn’t play, but it’s rarely the consequence. We’ve won matches with other players, other systems, and we need to be efficient in each moment," he added.

"We need to be consistent like we are a lot of the time, but sometimes we can lose."

Arsenal will host Italian side Napoli at the Emirates Stadium.

Check out Arsenal World on Fox Sports 1 at 12h30 CAT on Tuesday, April 9.
 

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