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Floyd May­weather is back. Sort of.

ON again, off again and now on again. Floyd May­weather will box an ex­hi­bi­tion with Ja­pa­nese kick­boxer Ten­shin Na­sukawa on New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Pre­fec­ture Su­per Arena in Saitama, Ja­pan.

They will box three three-minute rounds un­der box­ing rules (no kick­ing or any MMA) with eightounce gloves at wel­ter­weight, 147lbs. There will be no judges and no re­sult will go on their re­spec­tive records.

“This is a great way for me to go out there and give peo­ple some en­ter­tain­ment. It’s an ex­hi­bi­tion match, but it’s giv­ing me a chance to do some­thing dif­fer­ent,” May­weather said. “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.

“I’m go­ing to go out there, have fun and do what I do. I’m en­joy­ing life and I’m go­ing to en­joy this ex­pe­ri­ence.”

“The fight is very close and I’m train­ing hard ev­ery day to face May­weather and leave a mark,” Na­sukawa added. “This is a great op­por­tu­nity and we’re happy to take it. I’m go­ing to put every­thing out there and show my strengths. I think that I’m the faster fighter. I’m go­ing to use my weapons against him.

“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.

“I want to get the whole fight com­mu­nity, the whole coun­try of Ja­pan and the en­tire world in­volved in this fight. I’m go­ing to go in there be­liev­ing in my­self and ready to prove my­self.”

EX­HI­BI­TION TIME: May­weather along­side Na­sukawa

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