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The official rules for Floyd Mayweather's Tokyo fight with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa have been revealed and it's all a bit mad.
Last month, Far East MMA promotion Rizin and held a press conference last night that he will be involved in a bout on the Rizin 14 card at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo to close out 2018.
Then, in a bizarre turn of events, Mayweather then took to Instagram to say he's cancelled the bout and that he'd never agreed to the fight before then reversing his decision and claiming the New Years Eve bout will be "the highest paid exhibition ever".
RIZIN FF just announced that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight undefeated sensation Tenshin Nasukawa on 12/31 at the Saitama Super Arena. The press conference is live right now: https://t.co/NgAahdtrwT- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 5, 2018
There had been all sorts of speculation as to what the rules would be like for a fight pitting the 50-0 fighter against a 20-year old undefeated kickboxer - with some hoping that it would see Mayweather foray into MMA after all the talk.
However, as per MMA Fighting, all the details have been released and it's anything but MMA. Instead, it's described as "full contact competition" with straight boxing rules.
BIG NEWS! FLOYD MAYWEATHER vs. TENSHIN NASUKAWA- Boxing Kingdom (@BoxingKingdom14) December 7, 2018
These are the rules! pic.twitter.com/lajxu56KID
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
:clipboard: RULES ANNOUNCED :clipboard:- Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) December 7, 2018
Floyd Mayweather v Tenshin Nasukawa
:calendar: December 31st
:round_pushpin: Saitama Arena, Japan
:moneybag: Exhibition Match
Straight Boxing Rules
:alarm_clock: 3, 3-Minute Rounds
RIZIN 8-Ounce Gloves
:man:⚖️ No Judges/Scoring
:pencil: Not On Official Records
There will be nine minutes of boxing (3x 3 minute rounds) the result won't count on either fighter's record, there are no judges or even a scoring system.
8-Ounce Gloves will be worn by the two competitors and 147 pounds is the weight class set by Rizin for Mayweather's debut in Japan.
It does seem as though it's easy money for Mayweather, who is set to make £69 million from the fight according to Tokyo Sport.
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