Floyd Mayweather Jr. won't be fighting Tenshin Nasukawa after all

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 08, 2018 07:49 AM
Mayweather Jr. won't be fighting Tenshin Nasukawa after all
It seems like these two undefeated fighters won't be fighting after all.

As suddenly as it was announced, the reported superfight between undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa appears to be off after Mayweather revealed that he was "blindsided" by Japanese martial arts promotion Rizin. 

On November 5, Mayweather made headlines by appearing in a press conference for Rizin 14, which was set to take place on New Years Eve. There, it was announced that Mayweather would be fighting Nasukawa

Mayweather took to social media early Thursday morning (Manila time) to clear the situation. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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"I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa," Mayweather's post read.

The retired five-division boxing world champion continued by saying that he was made to believe that he would be participating in an exhibition match, not a featured fight on one of the biggest cards of the year. 

"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," he added. 

Mayweather went on to say that he and his camp were "blindsided" by the whole situation. 

It will be interesting to see now, how this whole story will continue to develop and how Rizin will respond. 

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