The internet was pretty surprised last week when Floyd Mayweather announced that he was going to take part in an MMA fight in Japan with some pretty unknown Japanese kickboxer and you’ll never guess how this has turned out.
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Let’s be honest, it was going to go one of two ways: either Floyd was going to heavily stack the odds in his favour by stretching the rules, or it was just never going to happen. A lengthy Instagram by Floyd yesterday confirmed that it was going to be the second:
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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.
Well, should we be surprised by this really? I guess I’m slightly puzzled by how Floyd and his marketing team – who have been so, so successful in the past – were able to be duped by some fighting federation that nobody has ever heard of and then decided to just go along with it for a few days even though the whole world thought something that was happening was going to happen and clearly wasn’t.
But hey, there’s no such thing as bad publicity and I’m sure that’s how Floyd is looking at it. And that kickboxer who nobody had ever heard of before this as well must be loving it too. Another masterclass in marketing.
For more Floyd Mayweather, here he is not being able to read. Embarrassing.