Floyd Mayweather has said — and also denied, to be fair — a lot of stuff about potentially fighting in mixed martial arts in the last few years.
But when he was asked a question about why he won’t fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa with kickboxing rules, Mayweather finally just flat-out said he’s never going to fight anyone without “boxing only” rules:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was not pleased when I asked him why not allow kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa to kickbox in their New Year’s Eve fight? @News3LV pic.twitter.com/InbOg5Ww79— Amber Dixon (@AmberNews3LV) December 7, 2018
When asked about Instagram photos and videos where he’s appeared inside of MMA cages, Mayweather dismissed that, saying, “You see a lot of bullshit on Instagram.”
He continued, “I’m gonna say this once again: everything is always on my terms. I’m the A-side — always. I’m not going to fight in an MMA ring. If I do fight in an MMA ring, boxing only.”
Of course, none of this is a surprise to anyone who has followed Floyd for the last couple of decades. Mayweather is 41 years old and has been a boxer his entire life, basically. He also has a big ego and takes great pride in his undefeated mark, which allows him to market himself as “TBE,” the best ever. He’s not going to suddenly go insane and take a gamble on a new rule set that involves a ton of stuff he doesn’t have the time to learn.
Anyway, Mayweather will face Nasukawa in a three-round exhibition match on Dec. 31 in Japan for the RIZIN promotion.