Floyd Mayweather Jr. is singing a different tune again.
Shortly after pulling out of the Rizin 14 headliner against Tenshin Nasukawa, the boxing legend now claims that his showdown with the Japanese kickboxing phenom set on New Year’s Eve will push through. In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, the undefeated fighter said “we’re gonna make it happen,” referring on the intriguing match-up.
— Mirror Fighting 🥊 (@MirrorFighting) November 16, 2018
Not Yet Over
Yesterday, the Rizin Fighting Federation has aired its side regarding Mayweather’s decision to withdraw from the Nasukawa fight at Rizin 14 on December 31 at Saitama Super Arena. The organization stressed that it is still in talks with Mayweather camp to carry out what was originally agreed and told fans that the developments about the negotiation will be announced next week.
“RIZIN Chairman, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, is currently holding discussions towards carrying out the match based on the original contract between our promotion and Mr.Mayweather. This based on the basic agreement we initially did have with Mr.Mayweather. We hope to have a clearer announcement next week.”
“In truth, we would like to make a clearer announcement now. Unfortunately, as of writing, we are not in the position to report our current negotiating situation to you all.Thus, this statement will concern our ongoing developments. Sadly, we are afraid to inform you all that we will be needing more time. Again, we sincerely apologize for the confusion and concern this has been causing.”
Floyd Mayweather has released a statement saying he never agreed to face Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an official bout.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 7, 2018
Back On Track
On November 8, ‘Money’ shocked the combat sports community when he surprisingly backed out from the Nasukawa bout. In his statement, he called his Japan trip “disappointing” and insisted that he never agreed to fight the 20-year old kickboxer.
“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 Rizin Fighting Federation.”
A week after his controversial decision, it looks like all is well now between the boxer and the Japanese promotion as he announced that an exhibition fight with Nasukawa is going to happen.
“We’re going to make it happen. I went over there and it happened to be a huge press conference and they wanted to throw a lot of my people under the bus.”
Mayweather also confirmed that the fight would be a three-minute three-round boxing match. While this would not affect his professional record, the friendly match guarantees the boxer a massive paycheck.
“Just for promoting this event I’ve made seven figures. I’m moving around with the guy for nine minutes, and of course it’s going to be the highest paid exhibition ever. It’s a no-brainer. Just because I’m retired from boxing I still make appearances worldwide and make a ton of money.”
“Rules? It’s going to be a little boxing exhibition. No kicking,” he shared.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa Official)