Floyd Mayweather Cancels Fight With Tenshin Nasukawa And Claims He Never Agreed To It

Just days after Floyd Mayweather announced that his 51st professional boxing fight would be against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, the American has now posted on social media claiming he never agreed to the fight.

Earlier this week Mayweather surprised everyone by announcing that he would come out of retirement once again to fight on 31 December in Japan.

On Wednesday he took to Instagram to insist he'd never actually agreed to the fight, despite a press conference to announce in, and claimed that it had all been a misunderstanding. Whoops.

Posting on social media the 41-year-old, who boasts a professional record of 50-0, 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 regards 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.

Floyd Mayweather's post. Credit: Instagram
Floyd Mayweather's post. Credit: Instagram

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 apologise 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.

Oh well - easy come, easy go, eh?

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