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Mayweather's exhibition vs. Japanese kickboxer back on

Floyd Mayweather of the U.S. speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Mayweather said he has signed to fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa for a bout promoted by Japan's RIZIN Fighting Federation on Dec. 31 in Saitama, north of Tokyo. (Katsuya Miyagawa/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO (AP) Floyd Mayweather's match against a Japanese kickboxer is once again on for New Year's Eve as an exhibition fight with knockouts allowed but likely no decision granted on a win or a loss.

Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the head of Rizin Fighting Federation, which is putting on the three-round exhibition, told reporters Saturday at Tokyo's Haneda airport that "a misunderstanding" was behind Mayweather, 41, appearing to back out.

The event, to be held at Saitama Super Arena in suburban Tokyo on Dec. 31, was initially announced earlier this month.

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