May­weather vows never to fight MMA

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Drama over Floyd May­weather’s New Year’s Eve bout with Ja­panese kick­box­ing star Ten­shin Na­sukawa has been set­tled.

The two will box at 147 pounds. It will go for three three­minute rounds. And it will be an ex­hi­bi­tion that won’t count on ei­ther fighter’s record. There will be no judges and no score­card if the fight goes the dis­tance.

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.

May­weather shuns MMA, kick­box­ing

May­weather ex­plained the rea­son­ing be­hind keep­ing it a box­ing match while seem­ingly putting to rest any idea of his ever step­ping into an MMA cage.

“Ev­ery­thing is al­ways on my terms,” May­weather said, via MMA Junkie. “I’m the A-side al­ways. I’m not go­ing to fight in an MMA ring. If I do fight in a MMA ring, box­ing only. Ev­ery­thing is my rules, it’s my way.”

So that ap­pears to be that. Sorry, MMA fans hop­ing to see May­weather get his mouth shut on UFC terms by Khabib Nur­magome­dov or Conor McGre­gor.

More money for May­weather if Ten­shin kicks May­weather went on to say that if Ten­shin’s kick­box­ing in­stincts kick in on Dec. 31, it will mean more cash in his pocket.

“I worked hard to put my­self in the po­si­tion that I call all the shots, sim­ple and plain,” May­weather said. “He may be a kick­boxer, but he’s got to abide by my rules, sim­ple and plain. And if he raises his feet, it’s in the con­tract, I get some more money.”

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

Strange saga for an ex­hi­bi­tion

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.

“As far as the weight class and the rules, we’ll get that si­t­u­ated in the next few weeks,” May­weather said on Nov. 4.

Fight was off?

Three days later, May­weather ap­peared to back out of the fight, writ­ing on so­cial me­dia that he “never agreed” to fight Ten­shin.

“For the sake of the sev­eral fans and at­ten­dees that flew in from all parts of the world to at­tend this past press con­fer­ence, I was hes­i­tant to cre­ate a huge dis­tur­bance by com­bat­ing what was be­ing said and for that I am truly sorry,” May­weather wrote.

“Now that I am back on U.S. soil af­ter a long and dis­ap­point­ing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to ad­dress you, my fans and the me­dia in re­gards to the up­com­ing event on De­cem­ber 31st that was re­cently an­nounced.

“First and fore­most, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd May­weather, never agreed to an of­fi­cial bout with Ten­shin Na­sukawa. In fact (with all due re­spect) I have never heard of him un­til this re­cent trip to Ja­pan. Ul­ti­mately, I was asked to par­tic­i­pate in a 9 minute ex­hi­bi­tion of 3 rounds with an op­po­nent se­lected by the ‘Rizen (sic) Fight­ing Fed­er­a­tion.'”

Now the fight is back on, al­beit an ex­hi­bi­tion. And May­weather’s the­atrics ap­pear to have been just that — the­atrics.

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