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Floyd Mayweather is making a mockery of Japanese culture

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“With all due respect”, Floyd Mayweather said, he had never heard of Tenshin Nasukawa until arriving in Tokyo to announce a New Year’s Eve fight with him.

But the key word there is “respect” – and the undefeated American boxing legend showed none of it by cancelling a fight two days later.

Fair enough, not many people outside the hard core MMA and kick-boxing world would have been aware of the 20-year-old, who has made his name with Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation.

Or “Rizen”, as Mayweather put it on Instagram – see, the social media person who presumably wrote Mayweather’s statement for him couldn’t even be bothered to Google how to correctly spell the name of the organisation.

Floyd Mayweather backs out of fight against Tenshin Nasukawa claiming he was ‘misled’

But you cannot claim to have been “completely blindsided” when you fly in to Tokyo by private jet and put on a press conference with all the bells and whistles.

You cannot give interviews to media saying you’re doing this because “it’s always been a goal of mine to go outside the US and display my talent” and to “give the people what they want”, then later claim you thought you it would be “an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee”.

You cannot take pictures of yourself staring down your opponent on a rooftop and then claim you thought this was “purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide”.

I’ll absolutely win.

Cuz I born to change the world with this........

© South China Morning Post