If you’re a Floyd Mayweather fan, don’t go booking your trip to Japan for the New Year’s Eve return to the ring that he announced Monday at a news conference in Tokyo.
Mayweather on Wednesday pulled back from his announcement, posting on Instagram that he had never agreed to a formal bout with Japanese kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa and that he and his team were “completely derailed” by the magnitude of the event announced.
“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,” Mayweather wrote. “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.”
Mayweather, the 20-year-old Nasukawa, Mayweather business associate Brent Johnson — who helped put the deal together — and executives from the Rizin Fighting Federation appeared at Monday’s news conference and announced the fight for Dec. 31 at the 37,000-seat Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, about a half-hour drive outside of Tokyo. Rizin is a Japanese promotional company founded in 2015 that puts on MMA and kickboxing events.
Several key details were not announced, including the specific rules of the bout, the number of rounds, the weight limit, how the fight broadcast would be distributed and what type of gloves they would wear. Nor did Mayweather, who usually gets into detail about how much money he would earn, discuss his pay for the fight. Earlier…