Floyd Mayweather Jr, left, poses with kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa of Japan, during a news conference at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Thursday. Photo: Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP
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Mayweather says he will hold exhibition with Japanese star with no judges and no kicking


Floyd Mayweather says he and Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa will meet after all — but only in a nine-minute New Year's Eve exhibition.

Mayweather said the match in Tokyo would be for entertainment purposes only, with no judges, no official record — and no kicking.

"I'm in the entertainment business. That's what I go out there to do," Mayweather said Thursday at his Las Vegas gym. "I love to do this. I'm working out to put on a show for three rounds."

Nasukawa joined Mayweather at his gym to announce the exhibition, which will be boxing only and take place at Saitama Super Arena in suburban Tokyo on Dec. 31.

It was the second announcement for the event, which was promoted as an actual fight when announced last month, though the rules were unclear. Mayweather appeared at a press conference in Tokyo, where he talked about the challenge of taking on a young kickboxing champion.

A few days later, Mayweather issued a statement after returning to the U.S. that he was "blindsided" by Japanese officials and never intended to have an actual fight with Nasukawa.

"First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa," Mayweather said, going on to describe himself as a retired boxer who earned money making appearances and putting on exhibitions for what he said were large sums of money.

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. He said at the time that spectators would see more than mere "casual sparring" and that the 20-year-old Nasukawa would have the opportunity to knock Mayweather out despite the fight being billed as an exhibition.

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

And while Mayweather talked about providing some entertainment in the three-round event, Nasukawa sounded a bit more serious about it.

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

Mayweather earlier also announced plans to fight Manny Pacquiao in December. That fight never went past the talking stage, and Mayweather claimed once again last month that he was retired and has no intention of having an actual fight again.

Mayweather remained unbeaten in 50 fights in his last bout when he stopped UFC champion Conor McGregor in a boxing match in August 2017.

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Mayweather is no longer a boxer, he's just trying to make use of his fame for money now.

Nothing wrong with that but eventually that will run out cause i don't feel he have enough charisma for advertising.

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Boring. Pass!

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Unmixed Partial Arts

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He's fighting a kickboxer that won't be allowed to kick. Mayweather's a bum.

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He's fighting a kickboxer that won't be allowed to kick. Mayweather's a bum.

Both fighters agree to go into the ring under a certain set of rules. If Nasukawa agrees to enter the ring for a fists-only fight, then how is Mayweather a bum?

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a dumb show.

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Conduct and Speech is just PR spin..does not mean that is the true personality of the person, no different to Hollywood stars being fake but their real life persona is a different story.

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Tenshin's manager is no good - I would have negotiated for him to at least use one leg :-)

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Even with kicks he's no match for mayweather

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If the kid can't use his legs -- I suspect he'll try, maybe even out of instinct -- and it's a straight up first fight, he's toast.

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I miss the old dynamite fights on New year's Eve. Pride wasn't bad either.

This will be something to talk about with otousan lol

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