Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a news conference in Tokyo Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. Mayweather is scheduled to fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a three-round exhibition match in Japan on New Year’s Eve. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Floyd Mayweather is promising entertainment when he fights Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in three rounds of exhibition boxing on New Year’s Eve, but not necessarily a knockout.“If it happens, it happens,” Mayweather said Saturday when asked whether he was going to knock out Nasukawa.ADVERTISEMENT Javee Mocon showing Caloy Garcia, Rain or Shine why he’s ‘steal of the draft’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Mayweather had initially appeared to walk away from the fight, set for Saitama Super Arena, on the northern outskirts of Tokyo.The Mayweather-Nasukawa bout will culminate an evening of more than a dozen fights, which will be streamed by FITE for a fee, but not in the U.S. Fuji TV is broadcasting the fights in Japan.“It’s all about entertainment, come Dec. 31. I want to go out and have fun,” said Mayweather, appearing relaxed and gushing about how he liked Asia and his fans in the region.Mayweather hasn’t fought since beating Conor McGregor more than a year ago for his 50th win from 50 fights.Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the head of Rizin Fighting Federation, who traveled to the U.S. to woo Mayweather back to the fight, has said it involves the largest payout for an exhibition fight but has not given specifics.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO PLAY LIST 01:16Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:11For relaxed Mayweather, Japan fight ‘all about entertainment’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title But the American was adamant that his opponent wasn’t going to knock him out or down on Monday.“Throughout my years at boxing, I never touched the canvas once,” Mayweather, 41, told reporters at a Tokyo hotel, brushing off the upcoming event as “just another day.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I can do three rounds in my sleep,” he added.Neither kicking nor official results are part of the Rizin Fighting Federation match, but a knockout is possible under the special rules. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Mayweather previously said he was already making “seven figures” just by talking about it.Nasukawa, 20, appearing earlier in the day, said he wanted people to see his “courage, determination and challenging spirit.”Nasukawa, despite his no-loss record in kickboxing and mixed martial arts, was previously little known outside Japan. He said he enjoyed the sudden international attention.He acknowledged he didn’t understand what the English comments were saying on his Instagram account but added: “I love it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
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