Mange ble forundret da Floyd Mayweather (41) varslet comeback i bokseringen mot en 20 år gammel japansk kickbokser.

Tenshin Nasukawa var et ukjent navn for de fleste. Også Mayweather viser det seg.

For i et oppsiktsvekkende innlegg på Instagram meddeler 41-åringen at har blitt villedet av arrangørene.

– Nå som jeg er tilbake på amerikansk jord etter en lang og skuffende tur til Tokyo, har jeg tid til å adressere alle i anledningen kampen 31. desember som ble annonsert nylig, skriver boksekjempen.

– Først og fremst vil jeg at det skal være klart at jeg aldri gikk med på en offisiell kamp mot Tenshin Nasukawa. Faktisk har jeg aldri hørt om ham før (med all respekt).

Bokselegenden hevder nemlig å ha blitt lurt. Han skal kun ha akseptert en oppvisningskamp mot en motstander valgt av «Rizen Fighting Federation». Denne kampen skulle kun gå av stabelen foran en liten gruppe «svært velstående» tilskuere. Men japanerne hadde andre planer.

– Med det samme vi ankom pressekonferansen ble teamet mitt og jeg fullstendig tatt på sengen over hvor dette bar hen, og vi burde ha stoppet det umiddelbart. Jeg ønsker personlig å beklage til alle mine fans for den villedende informasjonen som ble annonsert på denne pressekonferansen. Jeg kan forsikre dere om at jeg ble fullstendig overrumplet av det som ble gjort uten mitt samtykke eller godkjenning, skriver Mayweather.

Dermed virker det lite trolig at den varslede kampen vil gå av stabelen nyttårsaften i år.

Se dette innlegget på Instagram

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.

Et innlegg delt av Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather)