In a put up on Instagram, the undefeated (50-0) fighter stated that he had “by no means agreed to an official bout” with Nasukawa, and had in truth been approached a few brief exhibition match for a “small group of rich spectators.”
He stated that he regrets not correcting the file on the time.
“For the sake of the a number of followers and attendees that flew in from all components of the world to attend this previous press convention, I used to be hesitant to create an enormous disturbance by combating what was being stated and for that I’m really sorry,” Mayweather stated.
Nevertheless, the boxer spoke to CNN in Tokyo after the struggle was introduced, and on the time he gave the impression to be on board with the plans, though he stated he “did not prefer to name this a struggle — I prefer to name this a particular occasion.”
Mayweather advised CNN Discuss Asia’s Anna Coren that it had “all the time been” one in all his targets “to go exterior the US and compete as knowledgeable in what I like to do.”
On the time he stated that the principles for the bout can be determined “inside the subsequent couple of weeks,” however stated he was “fairly positive it may be, you recognize, hand handy fight, boxing, as a result of I am the A-side,” which means that his choice can be prioritized.
Within the Instagram put up Mayweather stated that the struggle had been organized as a “particular bout,” which he stated was “purely for leisure functions with no intentions of being represented as an official struggle card nor televised worldwide.”
On the press convention in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo to announce the struggle, the 2 fighters posed in entrance of a background promoting the date and venue of the deliberate struggle, the Saitama Tremendous Area, a 37,000-capacity indoor venue 40 minutes north of Tokyo.
A spokeswoman for RIZIN advised CNN that the corporate is “at the moment confirming the information of the scenario,” and can launch an announcement “in some unspecified time in the future later.”
New Yr’s TV occasions are an enormous a part of the Japanese cultural panorama, and most Japanese broadcasters run particular programming.
Fight sports activities have lengthy been a key ingredient of the night’s TV leisure and persistently obtain excessive rankings. Mayweather’s assumed participation had been an enormous driver for RIZIN.
‘I need to give the individuals what they need’
On the press convention saying the struggle, the previous five-weight world champion stated that he had “wished to do one thing completely different.”
“I wished to show my abilities exterior the US and be in a particular struggle. I need to give the individuals what they need — blood, sweat and tears.”
His opponent, the 20-year-old Nasukawa, stated on the time that he was relishing the possibility to struggle the legend.
“It is the largest second in my life and I need to be the person who modifications historical past. I will try this with these fists, with one punch — simply watch.”
Popping out of retirement — once more?
Whereas Mayweather is formally retired, there have been ideas that the 41-year-old American would re-enter the ring.
He is already come out of retirement as soon as, to beat UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017, and had been linked to a money-fight with former foe Manny Pacquiao.
UFC president Dana White has additionally instructed the boxer ought to face Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, who lately bested McGregor within the octagon.
The fighter made it clear to CNN that the ball is within the Russian’s court docket and admitted to beforehand assembly with the fighter’s administration. He urged Nurmagomedov to consider the rewards.
“If Khabib needs to struggle in a boxing match, we will,” he stated. “If he needs to go to UFC and make the cash that he is been making, he can.
“When Khabib fought McGregor, he made $3-Four million. While you struggle me you are going to make far more.