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Floyd Mayweather hints that fight with Japanese kickboxer is off

Updated November 7, 2018 - 1:02 pm

Floyd Mayweather revealed Wednesday that he never agreed to a New Year’s Eve bout in Japan against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.

The retired boxing superstar strongly implied in a lengthy Instagram post that the three-round exhibition was called off because he was “blindsided” in the direction Rizin Fighting Federation wanted to execute the event.

“Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo,” Mayweather’s social media post started. “I now have 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.”

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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.

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Mayweather, 41, attended a news conference Sunday in Tokyo to announce the event with the Japanese mixed martial arts promotional company. The rules and the weight class for the bout were not released at the time.

Mayweather said the exhibition was “purely for entertainment purposes” and not an official sanctioned bout for television. He also revealed that only a small group of “wealthy spectators” would be allowed to attend “for a very large fee.”

“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,” Mayweather’s post went on to say. “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.”

Mayweather said he agreed to appear at the news conference because he didn’t want to create a disturbance. On that day, Mayweather praised Rizin and Nasukawa and said he wanted to create a longterm relationship with the Japanese promoter.

This isn’t Mayweather’s first experiment with an MMA promotional company. Last year, Mayweather defeated UFC superstar Conor McGregor at T-Mobile in a sanctioned boxing bout to improve his record to 50-0.

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