May­weather will face kick­boxer in ex­hi­bi­tion


LAS VE­GAS — Floyd May­weather says he and Ja­panese kick­box­ing star Ten­shin Na­sukawa will meet af­ter all — but only in a nine­minute 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.

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