Floyd Mayweather: Exhibition will be 'nine minutes of entertainment'

Floyd Mayweather: Exhibition will be 'nine minutes of entertainment'
Floyd Mayweather will indeed return to the ring on New Year's Eve in Japan, but it will only be an exhibition. Mayweather and Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa will meet in a three-round match under straight boxing rules at the 37,000-seat Saitama Prefecture Super Arena in Saitama, Japan -- about a half-hour drive from Tokyo -- the fighters announced during a media availability Thursday at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. The fight will take place at a contract weight of 147 pounds, the welterweight division limit, with boxing standard three-minute rounds. The fighters will wear 8-ounce Rizin-brand boxing gloves. Because the fight is an exhibition, whatever happens will not count on either fighter's official record. No judges will be employed, so if it goes the distance no scores will be rendered. The announcement was an about face from just a few weeks ago. In early November, the Rizin Fighting Federation, a Japanese promotional company founded...