Mayweather draait: 'Nooit ingestemd met officieel gevecht'

Floyd Mayweather en Tenshin Nasukawa AFP

Floyd Mayweather is niet van plan om op Oudejaarsavond terug te keren in de boksring. De Amerikaan zou het in het Japanse Saitama opnemen tegen kickbokser Tenshin Nasukawa, maar ontkent nu dat hij een contract heeft getekend.

"Ik heb nooit ingestemd met een officieel gevecht tegen Tenshin Nasukawa", laat de 41-jarige bokser op Instagram weten, twee dagen na de aankondiging van de clash in Japan.

Mayweather was naar eigen zeggen wel akkoord met een demonstratiepartij over drie ronden voor een kleine groep vermogende liefhebbers.

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.

Tijdens de presentatie afgelopen maandag in Tokio werden Mayweather en zijn gevolg volledig verrast door de aankondiging van een serieus gevecht met Nasukawa. "We hadden toen meteen moeten ingrijpen. Ik bied al mijn fans mijn oprechte excuses aan voor deze zeer misleidende informatie."

Mayweather is ongeslagen in vijftig profduels en won titels in vijf verschillende gewichtsklassen. Hij is nog nooit buiten de eigen landsgrenzen de ring in gestapt.

STER Reclame