Floyd Mayweather Jr. has finally settled the drama surrounding his New Year’s Eve exhibition match against Tenshin Nasukawa.
Speaking in the latest presser of his upcoming fight, the retired boxing legend said he agreed to box the Japanese kickboxer at 147 pounds for three three-minute rounds. Mayweather says he’s not coming out of retirement and the exhibition match won’t count on his flawless record.
Aside from fighting merely to make a spectacle, the match will include no judges and no scorecard if the fight goes the distance. 20-year-old Nasukawa will meet Mayweather at the 37,000-seat Saitama Prefecture Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on December 31.
“It’s kind of like an amateur fight, but it’s not an amateur fight, because even amateur fights go on your record. This is not going on my record,” Mayweather explained.
The Japanese phenom typically fights around 121 pounds. He’ll be giving up about three inches to the 5-foot-8 American boxer, who defeated Conor McGregor last year at 154 pounds.
“I love competing against fighters from all walks of life like in my amateur days. It’s all about entertainment. Nine minutes of entertainment. It’s going to be amazing.”
“I’m in the entertainment business. That’s what I go out there to do. I love to do this. I’m working out to put on a show for three rounds.” explained ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd.
Mayweather’s Swanson Communications PR team has recently released the rules of the upcoming exhibition fight. According to a tweet from MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi, the much-anticipated battle will be a full-contact competition but will go on neither of the fighters’ records.
The official rules are as follows:
-Three minutes per round for three rounds
-Straight boxing rules
-Both will wear either RIZIN 8 ounce gloves
-This will be full-contact competition, but the bout is not going on boxing or MMA records
Per Mayweather Promotions PR, here are the rules for Mayweather vs. Tenshin at Rizin 14 on New Year’s Eve in Japan pic.twitter.com/3l2eV7JjB6
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) December 7, 2018
Despite the mix-up on Mayweather’s fight against Nasukawa in the past weeks, Japan’s celebrated kickboxer finds it a great honour to fight the world’s highest paid athlete.
“There’s never been a Japanese fighter to face Floyd Mayweather in the ring. As an athlete, this is something that’s a great honour and a challenging task. I’d like to make a big impression.”
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Floyd Mayweather and Instagram/Tenshin Nasukawa