TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 05: Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends the press conference to announce the match on December 31 at Roppongi Hills club on November 5, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

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Floyd Mayweather Backs Out of Announced Fight with Kickboxer

The undefeated boxer announced his return to the ring at a news conference.

Floyd Floyd Mayweather’s return to the ring was a brief one.

Days after holding a press conference to announce he would be coming out of retirement to fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, Mayweather is backing out of the bout.

The fight, which was supposed to happen on New Year’s Eve in Japan, was called off by Mayweather and his team because they claim they were “completely derailed” by the amount of attention the fight announcement drew.

Instead of facing the media or questions, Mayweather backed out on Instagram.

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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.

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It’s a puzzling move as Mayweather, his business associate Brent Johnson, Nasukawa, and executives from the Rizin Fighting Federation all were at the press conference announcing the fight at Saitama Super Arena outside of Tokyo.

Details about the fight, including the format, number of rounds, the weight limit, and how much Mayweather would be paid, were never revealed.

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