Floyd Mayweather’s advisor Leonard Ellerbe has revealed the reason for an extended intermission at RIZIN 14.
Mayweather was due to face Tenshin Nasukawa at the Saitama Super Arena earlier on New Year’s Eve but failed to show.
This was explained by Ellerbe as he made moves towards the event in Tokyo.
“Headed to the arena. (The) hotel lobby (is) flooded. TV cameras everywhere, fans chanting, omg this sh** is lit!” he said.
Headed to the arena, hotel lobby flooded, tv cameras everywhere, fans chanting, omg this shit it lit!!!!!!
— Leonard Ellerbe (@LEllerbe) December 31, 2018
RIZIN bosses were forced to ask fans to wait whilst Mayweather was located with a long break leaving fans annoyed.
‘Money’ will make $1 million per minute for the three-round exhibition.
A short time later, TV pictures showed Mayweather and Nasukawa at the venue ready to fight.
– Three minutes per round for three rounds
– Straight boxing rules
– Both will wear either RIZIN 8 ounce gloves
– Weight: 147lbs/67.7kg
– No judges
– Confirmed as a full contact competition, the bout is not going on boxing or MMA records
A 12-time boxing world champion in five weight classes, Mayweather is one of the greatest to ever enter the ring. Buoyed by box office success that saw him shatter nearly all of the revenue records in the sport’s history.
Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and fighting out of Las Vegas, he is the only fighter to have headlined four events that each generated more than 2 million pay-per-view buys.
Forbes, Fortune and Sports Illustrated have all named Mayweather the world’s highest paid athlete multiple times throughout a career in which he defeated 24 world champions.
Tenshin Nasukawa was born in 1998 and trained in Karate and kickboxing from an early age by his trainer/father.
He made his professional debut in 2014 at the age of 15 and has since claimed multiple world championships in kickboxing while remaining unbeaten.
Tenshin is now the face for the Rizin Fighting Federation and their biggest headliner to date.
Now aged just 20, Tenshin is a Japanese sensation whose main sponsor is a gaming giant called Cygames.