Floyd Mayweather WILL fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa

Floyd Mayweather WILL fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa

Drama over Floyd Mayweather's New Year's Eve bout with Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa has been settled. That's what I go out there to do, " Mayweather said on Thursday (Friday NZT) at his Las Vegas gym. If I do fight in a MMA ring, boxing only.

The fighters announced at the news conference that there would be a fight, but did not go into what the terms or the rules of the fight would be.

There will be no judges and the result of this bout will NOT count towards either of their professional records. "I'm in the entertainment business". I work hard to put myself in the position where I call all of the shots. As an athlete, this is something that's a great honour and a challenging task. I'd like to make a big impression'.

This week's announcement appears to cement the fact that Mayweather will indeed travel to Japan to face Nasukawa after he previously distanced himself from the event following his press conference appearance, saying he had been blindsided by the announcement.

Floyd Mayweather is makin' it crystal clear his fight with Tenshin Nasukawa is strictly entertainment. and the fight's outcome is irrelevant - even if Money ends up unconscious on the canvas.

The rules for the Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa exhibition fight have officially been announced.

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Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the head of Rizin Fighting Federation, which is putting on the three-round exhibition, told reporters in Japan last month that negotiations were ongoing to stage the event despite the 41-year-old Mayweather's apparent reluctance.

Nasukawa is the first Japanese fighter to face Mayweather, and the 20-year-old kick boxing prodigy has been in Vegas for the last few days, sparring with the likes of Jorge Linares to gain vital experience before stepping into the ring with Mayweather.

'We don't want people to think this is some half-hearted playing around, ' Sakakibara said.

'I'm going to use my weapons against him, ' he said through an interpreter.

Both fighters will also wear Rizin 8 ounce gloves, and both fighters will be fighting at a weight of 147lbs, a large increase for Nasukawa and a small weight loss for Mayweather. That fight never went past brief discussions, and Mayweather claimed once again last month that he was retired and has no intention of having an actual fight again.

Mayweather came out of a two-year retirement in 2017 and knocked out mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor in the 10th round of a super-hyped boxing match.

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