Floyd Mayweather has pulled out of an exhibition fight against Tenshin Nasukawa, the current RISE kickboxing featherweight world champion, and now we know why.
The American boxing legend had been due to lock horns with with the Japanese starlet on December 31 in Tokyo, but following on from his press conference during which the fight was announced, Mayweather discovered drastic changes in the terms of the agreement he was signing with Rizin — a Japanese MMA promotions outfit.
Under the new terms, according to Fight Hype, Mayweather was agreeing to the fight against Nasukawa as well as another two non-recorded fights, which according to the boxer’s Instagram post, is something he had not agreed to.
It seems Rizin made the alteration in an effort to secure a lucrative television deal with U.S. broadcasters, but did not consult Mayweather prior to making the change.
The fight was originally planned to be three, three minute rounds, totalling nine minutes with a 145lbs (65.7kg) weight limit.
Seemingly, Mayweather was satisfied with the technical terms of the fight, however, according to his social media post once more, the fight was meant only to be “put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee” as the American put it.
He claims that he was in fact initially led to believe the event would not be televised at all.
So, according to Fight Hype, the contract that Mayweather was presented during or before the press conference, was different to the one presented to him afterwards.
The new contract stated it was a non-record fight, and also had six key components to it.
Those were: Standing bout rules (no kicking or wrestling), fought in a ring, 3x3 minute rounds, weight limit 145lbs (65.7kg), scheduled for 11 PM Tokyo time, which is 10 AM in NY the morning of New Year’s Eve and the fact Rizin are open to discussing the start time to accommodate the US Rights Holder.
In a post to his fans on the social media platform, he apologised to everyone and anyone who had travelled to Japan for the press conference.