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The american legend of boxing, Floyd Mayweather has said on Wednesday that he did not intend to come out of retirement to face, contrary to what was announced on Monday, the kickboxeur japanese Tenshin Nasukawa December 31, in Japan.
“I want this to be clearly said, me, Floyd Mayweather, I never gave my consent for a fight against Tenshin Nasukawa,” he wrote on his account Instagram.
In his long message, Mayweather, 41 years old, says he has participated in a press conference on Monday in Tokyo during which ” his entourage and him have been completely destabilised by the new turn of events “.
According to Mayweather, he had initially given his approval for a fight-exhibition of the three rounds reserved for ” a small group of spectators wealthy paying a very large sum “.
“We would have had to immediately stop what was going on, I want to present my apologies to my fans about these information very misleading which were released during this press conference,” continued Mayweather.
“I can assure you that I too was completely taken aback by what was announced without my consent or my approval “, he insisted.
“For the spectators and participants from around the world who had made the trip to attend this conference, I did not want to create a huge confusion in challenging what was said, I’m sorry,” said the American.
Nicknamed “Money” (literally money) for his immense fortune amassed on the boxing ring, Mayweather has remained undefeated throughout his career with a track record of 50 wins, 27 of them before the limit.
Sacred world champion in five weight categories different, it had put an end to his career in September 2015, before returning for a fight, controversial and very profitable against the star of mixed martial arts (MMA), Conor McGregor, in August 2017 in Las Vegas.
In the last few weeks, Mayweather suggested that he could get out again of retirement to face once again his old rival, the Filipino Manny Pacquiao, or to defy the Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov comes to fight McGregor in MMA.
Wednesday, however, he concluded his message by explaining that he was ” a boxer to retirement who earn sums of money without precedent in the world for appearances, speeches and, sometimes, small exhibitions “.