It was announced Sunday, literally out of nowhere, that Floyd Mayweather would be returning to the fight game to fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in the Rizin Fighting Federation in Saitama, Japan. Today, Mayweather addressed the announcement on Instagram, saying he was blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without his consent or approval.
Mayweather says he only asked to do a nine-minute exhibition with three rounds against an opponent selected by Rizin. As for Nasukawa, he has never heard of him (with respect, of course):
Mayweather did not make clear if he is saying the fight is off, but he sure laid the groundwork for just that. Perhaps this means the rumored rematch with Manny Pacquiao could be next.