Szenzációval indult a hét, Tokióban ugyanis bejelentették, hogy Floyd Mayweather Jr. ismét visszatér és december 31-én egy veretlen kickboxossal/ketrecharcossal, Naszukawa Tensinnel száll majd ringbe. Az egész világ találgatta, hogy vajon milyen küzdelemről lesz szó, de most itt az újabb váratlan fordulat:
nem lesz meccs.
Ezt Mayweather jelentette be az Instagramon, azt írta, semmilyen komoly meccset nem fixáltak le. Csak egy amolyan bemutató, 3 menetes összecsapás lett volna, amiért ő elég rendesen megfizették volna. Megérkezett aztán a csapatával a sajtótájékoztatóra, ahol meglepték az elhangzottak, azért is szeretné most tisztázni a dolgokat. Bocsánatot kért mindenkitől, elsősorban a szurkolóitól.
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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.
Hogy erre mit fog lépni Conor Mcgregor, jó kérdés. Az ír ketrecharcos, akivel korábban bokszolt Mayweather, a hétfői bejelentés után az amerikai bunyóst és leendő ellenfelét ócsárolta. Alighanem az új fejleményekről is lesz véleménye.
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