Floyd Mayweather has officially backed out of his fight with Tenshin Nasukawa.
Not long after announcing the NYE fight against Japanese kickboxer in Tokyo, Floyd is calling the fight off.
Floyd made the announcement with a long caption via his Instagram.
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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Originally, Floyd said that the only things that were still in discussion was weight class and just what type of fight it would be, boxing or MMA, but after reading Floyd’s latest IG post, apparently there was much more to it.
What floored me the most, is that Floyd said, “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.”
In my opinion, and I could be completely wrong, if you thought that the bout would be somewhat private and only put on for what I assume to be insanely wealthy spectators, announcing it to your 22+ million followers on Instagram would not be the route you would take.
Anyway, I personally wanted to see Floyd fight Canelo or Manny again so the fact that this isn’t happening anymore give me hope for one of those rematches.
Written by Christopher Schweitzer
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