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Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather on Wednesday scrapped a planned fight with a Japanese kickboxer , claiming he had been duped into agreeing to the contest.

In a lengthy statement posted on social media, Mayweather said he had been “ blindsided ” by organizers of the proposed bout against Tenshin Nasukawa, set for New Year’ s Eve in Saitama .

“ I want it to be clear that I , Floyd Mayweather , never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa , ” Mayweather wrote on Instagram.

The 41- year -old retired welterweight champion said he had travelled to Japan last week to discuss participating in a private bout against Nasukawa 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 nor televised worldwide, ” Mayweather wrote .

Soon after arriving at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday , Mayweather said he and his team “ were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going . ”

“ We should have put a stop to it immediately, ” Mayweather wrote.

“ I want to sincerely apologize to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference.

“ I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent or approval. ”

In Tokyo on Monday , Mayweather had vowed to give “ blood, sweat and tears” in the fight against Nasukawa.

“ It ’ s always been a goal of mine to go outside out of the US and display my talent.

The world has never seen Mayweather compete live in ( Japan ) , ”

Mayweather told reporters at the press conference, framing the fight as an expansion of his businesses to the Far East.

Mayweather has not fought since his money -spinning boxing showdown with mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in Las Vegas in 2017.

Mayweather returned to retirement following that bout with a perfect 50-0 unbeaten record.

However, the American has repeatedly hinted at coming out of retirement since that fight, most recently teasing a possible rematch against Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.

Nasukawa, 20, meanwhile, had told reporters on Monday it had been an “ easy decision ” to agree to fight Mayweather .
“ It was a surprise offer but I accepted without hesitation, ” said Nasukawa.

“ I don ’ t care what the rules are. I want to be the man who changes history . I ’ ll do that with these fists , with one punch — just watch .


Mayweather said he had been reluctant to speak out at Monday ’ s press conference because he did not want “ to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said . ”

“ I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances , speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions , ” he said .

US-based pundits however poured scorn on Mayweather’ s stated reasons for the U - turn.

Yahoo Sports combat sports columnist Kevin Iole greeted Mayweather’ s volte - face with scepticism.

“ Mayweather is hardly a shrinking violet and he has never — ever — failed to speak up on his own behalf since he became a professional boxer , ” Iole wrote . “ One would have to be a fool to believe this . ”



source :https://punchng.com/breaking-floyd-mayweather-cancels-japan-kickboxing-fight/

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