Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather who was all set to return in a competitive environment against Tenshin Nasukawa on December 31 has now performed an embarrassing U-turn and pulled out of it. Mayweather claims that he and his team were ‘blindsided’ and had never heard of the kickboxer and he and his team had no clue what they were signing up for.
Mayweather also slammed the organizers for misleading him and his team as he was initially informed that the fight was only supposed to be an exhibition for a crowd of very wealthy people for which Mayweather was set to be paid a healthy sum, with no intent of international broadcast.
Mayweather explaining his decision on Instagram wrote, “Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regards to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced.
First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan.
Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a 9 minute exhibition of 3 rounds with an opponent selected by the ‘Rizen Fighting Federation’. What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of ‘One Entertainment’ was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee.
This exhibition was previously arranged as a ‘Special Bout’ purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide.”
Mayweather further added, “Once I arrived to the press conference, my team and I were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going and we should have put a stop to it immediately. I want to sincerely apologise to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference and I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent nor approval.”
Apologizing to his fans, Mayweather concluded, “For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry. I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.”
Unfortunately for fans of Mayweather, they’ll have to wait a long time now to see the legendary boxer in action again.