07 Nov Mayweather claims he was ‘blindsided’ by Rizin
It seems we have all been mistaken in believing Floyd Mayweather was to take part on Japanese MMA promotion Rizin and fight Tenshin Nasukawa in a special rules fight.
Floyd Mayweather has posted on his Instagram account that, in fact, he was ‘blindsided’ by Rizin!
In his statement, Mayweather has suggested he had never signed any official fight agreement to face Nasukawa, he was asked to do a 3 round exhibition bout against an opponent Rizin would pick.
Mayweather then goes on to say that once in Japan at the press conference that he and his team were derailed by the new developments and due to the fact that several fans had flown in specifically for the press conference he didn’t want to cause a major disturbance by combating what was said.
It certainly is a strange turn of events, considering he was photographed wearing Rizin MMA gloves and facing off against Nasukawa.
Also the fact Mayweather is not exactly shy at speaking out makes the fact he sat there and let the events play out seem odd.
As yet Rizin have made no comment.
Has this all just been a ploy to have people talking about Mayweather again or has he actually been ‘blindsided’.
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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.