Rizin Fighting Federation is not giving up on boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
A week after the undefeated boxer withdrew from his New Year’s Eve showdown with Tenshin Nasukawa, the Japanese promotion aired its side regarding the issue and revealed that the quest to bring the Mayweather vs Nasukawa fight as the headlining act of Rizin 14 is far from over.
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
In a shocking turn of events, Mayweather Jr. has backed out of his upcoming fight with kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa days after it was announced, insisting that he never agreed to fight the Japanese phenom.
After, what he considered as, a disappointing trip to Japan, the boxing legend issued a lengthy statement on Instagram last November 8 to announce his withdrawal from the headlining act of the Rizin FF’s New Year’s Eve show.
“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.”
“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.”
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— Matthew Wells (@MrMWellsArt) November 5, 2018
Not Giving Up
‘Money’ is slated to come out of retirement and face the undefeated Nasukawa in the main event of Rizin 14. It was announced through a press conference in Japan last November 5, where Mayweather was in attendance. This is why many fans were surprised when, from out of nowhere, he decided to pull out from the fight. He even mentioned that this clash with Nasukawa would be “the biggest moment” in his life and that he “wants to be the man to change the history” using his fists.
Now the Japanese promotion has come forward to speak about the issue. 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. Read Rizin FF’s statement below (translation from mmasucka.com.) :
“At a press conference held on November 5, 2018, we at RIZIN announced that the RIZIN 14 fight card at the Saitama Super Arena on December 31, 2018, would be headlined by Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa. However, shortly after this announcement, Mr. Mayweather himself made an announcement through social media. This message seemed to be insisting that the match had been canceled, and we sincerely apologize for this confusion,”
“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.”
Mayweather last competed professionally in 2016, where he won against UFC star Conor McGregor in their boxing match known as ‘The Money Fight.’ Will Rizin FF succeed in luring him to another lucrative fight?
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Tenshin Nasukawa)