Floyd Mayweather WILL fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa

Floyd Mayweather WILL fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa

The two fighters announced the news Thursday night in Las Vegas for the fight that will take place at the 37,000-seat Saitama Prefecture Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, just outside of Tokyo.

"Sweetheart, please, please, please", Floyd Mayweather said. "I'm in the entertainment business".

"This is a great way for me to go out there and give people some entertainment", Mayweather said. 'I love to do this.

The exhibition will feature three-minute rounds, take place at 67kg (147 pounds), feature "straight boxing rules" and eight-ounce boxing gloves. "Are we in a boxing gym or a kickboxing gym?"

Mayweather's defensive stance at the news conference was the latest turn in a freakish fight promotion that started with a surprise November fight announcement from Japan that provided more questions than answers.

You can check out the full press conference in the video embedded below.

"There has never been a Japanese fighter to face Floyd Mayweather in the ring".

This bout will be boxing only, though it will be full-contact competition - which implies a knockout is possible.

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Floyd Mayweather has announced he will go head-to-head with Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa after all - but only in a nine-minute New Year's Eve exhibition.

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.

Tenshin Nasukawa is quick.

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

Mayweather went on to say that if Tenshin's kickboxing instincts kick in on December 31, it will mean more cash in his pocket.

Mayweather has not stepped in the ring since his 2017 boxing bout with Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, which maintained the American's unbeaten professional record. Although Mayweather still has said he plans to fight Pacquiao again, it wouldn't happen until at least the summer, with Pacquiao scheduled to defend his secondary welterweight belt against Adrien Broner on January 19 in Las Vegas. 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 added that there and won't be any judges present and the bout would not count on the combatants' official fight records.

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