Floyd Mayweather Has Sensationally – or Infuriatingly – Cancelled His New Year’s Eve Clash With RIZIN Kickboxer Tenshin Nakusawa…
In an absolutely ludicrous state of affairs, Floyd Mayweather has cancelled his upcoming fight with Tenshin Nakusawa, the Japanese kickboxing superstar. It was meant to take place on New Year’s Eve in the main event of RIZIN 14, in the legendary Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo. Now it looks like that will not be.
Mayweather hasn’t fought since beating Conor McGregor in 2017. He officially retired after that fight, although there have been rumblings that he is looking to return for the right price. When this fight under the RIZIN banner was announced, everybody was shocked. It came totally out of left-field.
Now it turns out it’s all a load of nonsense. In a lengthy statement on Instagram, Mayweather revealed that he will not be going ahead with the exhibition bout. It’s totally bizarre, but you can see everything below.
Mayweather alleges that he had never consented to an official fight with Nakusawa, who he says he had never heard of prior to the press conference. According to ‘Money’, everything went off the rails very quickly. He wrote:
“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.”
He also claims that he didn’t want to disrupt thing by questioning what was going on at the press conference. He said:
“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.”
Ok, let’s be real: Floyd Mayweather is desperate to remain in the spotlight and seek attention. That’s why he posed in MMA gloves prior to the bout. He probably took a look at Tenshin’s highlight reel, which you can watch above, and realized he was going to be going home with his head under his arm.
Should we be that surprised? No. Mayweather hasn’t fought outside of Vegas since 2005… He might be 50-0 in boxing, but he’s lost the fans.