Floyd Mayweather makes shock announcement over kickboxing match

Floyd Mayweather has rubbished reports he will face kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve.

The pound-for-pound boxing legend was set to take on the Japanese in a sensational return to the ring.

The rules for the surprise contest had not been determined with Rizn Fighting Federation announcing last week that the fight was set to take place.

But Mayweather has taken to Instagram to confirm an agreement was never reached.

He insists the initial proposal he was presented with was a 9-minute exhibition only to be "blindsided" by the announcement of a fight with Nasukawa.

Mayweather was pictured with Nasukawa in Tokyo last week with the image seemingly confirming a fight was in place.

It has taken a number of days for the American to announce his comeback fight would not be happening, much to the disappointment of his fans.

Mayweather also appeared to put an end to speculation that he would also face Manny Pacquiao in a rematch.

Speculation has been rife that the pair would face off again with Pacquiao insisting this week that he was confident they could take to the ring.

But Mayweather insisted he was "retired" in his Instagram post to his fans.

Mayweather statement

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 regards 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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