Mayweather Tokyo exhibition postponed over virus restrictions

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather’s exhibit battle in Tokyo this month has actually been held off due to the fact that of coronavirus constraints, organisers revealed Friday.

Retired ex-champ Mayweather, 43, was set up to combat versus an unnamed challenger at Tokyo Dome on February 28, however organisers ended with Japan’s borders near to nearly all foreign arrivals.

Tokyo and other parts of Japan are under an infection state of emergency situation that is set to end on March 7, with presence at sports occasions restricted to 5,000 or half capability, whichever is less.

Mayweather’s battle versus YouTuber Logan Paul, which was set up for February 20, was likewise held off recently.

Mayweather, who combated a Japanese kickboxer in an extensively ridiculed 2018 exhibit in Japan, stated he hopes the Tokyo Dome occasion, called “Mega 2021,” can be rescheduled “within the year.”

“Japan currently has an increase in coronavirus infections, and I heard that foreigners aren’t allowed into the country,” he stated in remarks supplied by organisers in Japanese.

“So it’s really disappointing, but there’s no way I can fight in Japan on February 28. When I’m allowed into Japan, and if Mega gets a new date and a venue, and if they give me an opponent, I can be ready to fight any time.”

Organisers had actually stated the occasion would include “champion-class” fighters, consisting of Mayweather, however offered no additional information, consisting of on the guidelines for the battles.

“I’m praying that we can beat the coronavirus and go back to a world that’s crazy about sports,” stated Mayweather.

A legend in the boxing world with an unbeaten 50-0 record, Mayweather was last coaxed out of retirement to combat Japanese Mixed Martial Arts star Tenshin Nasukawa in December 2018.

Mayweather floored the Japanese fighter — less than half his age — 3 times in the preliminary prior to Nasukawa’s fitness instructor entered to stop the battle.

Mayweather hinted online that he made $9 million for the two-minute battle.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.