The former welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather may be receiving the side eye from plenty of people.
Just two days ago it was announced in Tokyo that the retired champion would be in a bout against the undefeated 20-year-old kickboxing prospect Tenshin Nasukawa. The event would was set to take place on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo.
Mayweather released a statement this afternoon stating that the bout was called off. Pretty Boy Floyd explained that he was blindsided by the arrangements and that he did not approve of all the details. Even with this sounding fishy, during the live stream conference, the details surrounding the fight was scarce and never confirmed.
The promotion company “RIZIN”, already started pushing advertisement to gain sufficient hype around the fight.
“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,” read a statement released on Mayweather’s Instagram account.
“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.
Many people are still questioning whether this was done purposely, as many expect a rematch showdown with either Conor McGregor or Manny Pacquaio.
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