Apparently, the terms were lost in translation as Mayweather believed this was an exhibition bout only.
Floyd “Money” Maywather, Jr. is back in the States and not feeling that great.
Since announcing his comeback fight against Tenshin Nasukawa, which was scheduled for December 31st in the cavernous Saitama Super Arena just outside of Tokyo, Mayweather now feels differently about the whole deal.
Apparently, the terms of the event were lost in translation as Mayweather believed this was an exhibition bout only and not an actual professional fight that would compromise his pristine professional combat sports record. He took to the pulpit of Instagram and let the world know he felt bamboozled during what i now a botched negotiation.
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.
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At no point did Mayweather mention the names of Al Haymon or Leonard Ellerbe, which is why this potential “super fight” always seemed not as official as the press conference made it out to be. So just who is Brent Johnson of One Entertainment?
Brent A Johnson, JD is the Managing Partner and CEO of One Entertainment and a 20-year entertainment industry veteran that has business affairs, music and film industry and entertainment marketing senior executive experience.
Johnson’s past employers include Edmonds Entertainment, Fireworks Entertainment, A&M Records, Sony Music, Universal, The Cafe Film Group and many others. He is an honors thesis graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, TX and melds a legal sensibility with a creative eye to create a base of consulting expertise.
ONE Entertainment, under his leadership, has had the largest gross earnings in the last three years and added larger and larger deals to its resume in more than nine countries on four continents with the largest entertainment companies in the world and the largest key entertainment figures.
Even with a resume as impressive as that, it wasn’t enough to tame the bad boy of boxing who felt like he wasn’t really clear on the details. Well neither were we! No weight class, rules, glove weight, or even what sport they were fighting within.
Nothing is definitive yet, but, needless to say this whole plan needs the Haymon effect to sort it out, STAT!