Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather’s hopes of travelling down under for a visit with his fans in Australia are set to be dashed after the American was denied entry in the country by immigration authorities.
The soon-to-be 38 year-old, who has been linked to a clash with long-time rival Manny Pacquiao on May 2, had booked a trip and personal appearances in Australia this month, even telling followers on social media that he was looking forward to seeing them all.
‘Money’ could now miss out on the scheduled trip altogether, according to Assistant Minister for Immigration, Senator Michaelia Cash, who explained that Mayweather’s recent convictions and jail time were behind the decision.
“A visa has not been granted in this case,” said Cash in a statement. “The Government takes very seriously its role in protecting the Australian community from risk of harm by non-citizens who engage in criminal conduct and/or conduct that is of serious concern.
“Visa applicants must demonstrate they are of good character…before they are granted a visa. In making character decisions, a range of factors are taken into account. This can include both a person’s criminal history as well as their general conduct over a continuum of time,” she added.
Meanwhile, Mayweather, who spent time in jail back in 2012 for domestic abuse, still hopes to reverse the denial in time to complete his itinerary.