After having defeated Conor McGregor last year in August, Mayweather has been low-key when it comes to being in the ring. However, the American Professional cum retired boxer’s name took the headlines once again after the announcement of his comeback to the sport.
Reportedly, Mayweather Jr. was set to fight the 20-year-old undefeated kickboxer from Japan, Tenshin Nasukawa, on 31 December at the Saitama Super Arena outside Tokyo. However, much to the disappointment of the fight fans, Mayweather seems to have called off the fight saying he was ‘blindsided’.
The fight between Floyd and Tenshin was confirmed in a press conference that took place a couple of days ago in Tokyo.
The undefeated boxing star took it to Instagram to address his fans regarding the fight. He claimed he was “blindsided” by the promoter regarding the nature and magnitude of the event.
He also added that, he had never agreed to anything more than an exhibition fight and that it was decided the fight would be of three rounds purely for entertainment purpose.
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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 regard 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. 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 apologize 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. 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.
As per Mayweather, he realised the reality after arriving at Japan. The boxer says he was ‘ambushed’ and he should’ve stopped it immediately but was hesitant to create a mess and that he cared for the people who flew all the way to Japan to attend the press conference. He said the fight was nothing more than ‘an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators’.