12/29/2018 5:33:54 PM

For relaxed Mayweather, Japan fight 'all about entertainment'

For relaxed Mayweather, Japan fight

Tokyo: US boxing legend Floyd "Money" Mayweather said Saturday his focus was on entertaining the fans during his New Year's Eve fight with Japanese kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa near Tokyo.

The 41-year-old unbeaten champion has been tempted out of retirement -- again -- for a one-off "exhibition" in Saitama, north of Tokyo, against "Ninja Boy" Nasukawa, a fighter more than half his age at 20.

"It is all about entertainment. I don't worry about anything," Mayweather told reporters in a news conference devoid of the hyped-up rhetoric that usually accompanies pre-fight events.

Monday's bout will be held under boxing rules over three three-minute rounds, which the veteran Mayweather said he could complete "in his sleep."

The exhibition will not have an official winner or loser if it goes the distance, meaning both men can keep their treasured unbeaten records in the absence of a knock-out.

Mayweather has also said there will be no official judges and the bout will not count on the official record of either athlete.

However, the relaxed American said he would not even be concerned if he were to be floored by his Japanese opponent.

"Me getting knocked out or me getting knocked down ... I don't worry about it at all. If that does happen, I mean that's entertainment. That's all we need to see," said Mayweather.

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