Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Australian Tour Delayed After He Was Refused A Visa Over Criminal History—Report

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WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits in his corner between rounds
WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits in his corner between rounds during his title fight against Marcos Maidana of Argentina at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 13, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Floyd Mayweather’s past criminal history has reportedly hampered the boxer’s ability to obtain a visa for his two-day promotional tour in Australia. As Mayweather waits for his Australian visa, his dinner appearances at various night clubs in Sydney and Melbourne will be put on hold.

According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, Mayweather’s publicist Max Markson is facing huge financial losses as fans are expected to cancel their flights and accommodations at Crown Casino and Darling Island Wharf, where Mayweather was initially slated to visit. Mayweather was originally booked for appearances on Jan. 29 and 30 in Sydney and Melbourne, respectively, but these dates were deferred to Feb. 5 and 6. New dates will be announced as soon as Mayweather obtains a visa.

Mr. Markson is keen to make an appeal to try to turn things around. In the meantime, it is said that Mr. Markson will issue a refund and settle the money that the boxing fans originally paid for the said Mayweather event if they are not willing to wait.

The cost for Mayweather’s event ranges from $200 to $1,000 per individual, as stated on the official site of Maywweather’s Australian tour. Each fan gets to enjoy a three-course meal and a chance to take part in a one-hour question and answer with the undefeated pound-for-pound boxer. All VIP ticket holders will also get a chance to participate in a group photograph with Mayweather.

Mayweather’s visa application was denied on Feb. 3. One reason why the undefeated American fighter was refused to be granted a visa is because of his criminal history. “The Government takes very seriously its role in protecting the Australian community from the risk of harm by non-citizens who engage in criminal conduct and/or conduct that is of serious concern,” said Senator Michaelia Cash, who serves as the assistant minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

Mayweather is currently on vacation as seen on his recent Instagram posts. He is rumoured to be in the concluding phases of discussions for a long overdue super fight with eight-division Filipino world champion Manny Pacquiao.

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