Floyd Mayweather Jr ‘never agreed to an official bout’ in Japan

Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa falls off
Floyd Mayweather / Pic: Instagram

Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa falls off

The news broke earlier this week when boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr (50-0) was announced for his next fight on December 31 at Saitama Super Arena against Japanese kickboxer and Mixed Martial Artist Tenshin Nasukawa. The announcement was made at the press conference held by Rizin FF early this week in Tokyo.

The event would mark the first professional bout of Mayweather outside the United States. However according to a statement “Money” made on Instagram Thursday, he was “completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my [his] consent nor approval”.

“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,” wrote Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“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.”

The Rizin Fighting Federation did not immediately make a comment on the above. Later on the day the organization tweeted “Floyd must have seen that TENSHIN highlight reel”.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. was last seen inside the ring in August 2017 when he stopped UFC star Conor McGregor in Round 10. In July Manny Pacquiao called for a second fight against “Money”.