Words and things, mostly words.
To the surprise of absolutely no one with half-an-ounce of common sense, the recently announced fight between Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nakusawa is not going to happen. The first hint should have been the fact that the rule set the bout would take place under — along with any other details — were unknown at the time. Mayweather’s team posted the following to his Instagram earlier today:
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 regards 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.
I’m not really interested in dissecting Floyd’s response, as I never expected the fight to happen. My assumption is that whatever the real plan was, it may have been scuttled as soon as Showtime — who are partnered with Mayweather Promotions — saw the press conference. It’s likely that Rizin jumped the gun because they just wanted the publicity that comes with Floyd and little else.