Pre nekoliko dana su se pojavile vesti da će se Floyd Mayweather, koji je u boks meču savladao MMA borca Conora McGregora, sada i sam okušati u borbama po pravilima MMA.
Navodno je 41-godišnji bokser, prema najavama, trebao da se bori protiv Japanca Tenshina Nasukawe u događaju pod organizacijom Rizin.
Međutim, od borbe neće biti ništa – jasno je nakon što se Mayweather na društvenim mrežama oglasio o “netačnim informacijama”.
– Sada kada sam ponovo na tlu SAD-a nakon dugog i razočaravajućeg boravka u Tokiju i imam vremena da vam se boratim. Da se obratim svojim navijačima i medijima o manifestaciji koja je nedavno najavljena za 31. decembar. Prvo i osnovno, ja, Floyd Mayweather, nikada nisam pristao na zvaničnu borbu sa Tenshinom Nasukawom. Šta više, uz dužno poštovanje, nikada nisam čuo za njega pre svog putovanja u Japan…
– Želim se iskreno izviniti svojim obožavateljima zbog pogrešnih informacija koje su se mogla čuti na press konferenciji i uveravam vas da sam bio zatečen dogovorima koji su pravljeni bez mog pristanka ili odobrenja. Zbog nekoliko obožavatelja koji su na press konferenciju stigli iz celog svijeta nisam želio napraviti veliki ispad tako što bih se usprotivio onome što je tada rečeno i zbog toga mi je jako žao. Ja sam bokser u penziji koji zarađuj ogromne sume novca, globalno, za pojavljivanja, govore i ponekad male predstave i egzibicije – poručio je Floyd Mayweather.
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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.