Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather faces Aussie visa fight
Floyd Mayweather may have defeated Conor McGregor by TKO in Las Vegas but it appears the undefeated boxer has another fight on his hands.
Mayweather apparently wants to holiday in Australia but is facing scrutiny from authorities, News Corp reports.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is committed to deny Mayweather entry into the country over his record of domestic violence in the US. Mayweather has been convicted multiple times for violence against his former wife, ex-girlfriends and other women.
The boxing champion’s managers say that he gets “bored after a big fight” and would love to come to Australia.
The question of Mayweather being granted permission to enter Australia was put to Mr Dutton’s office last night with the boxing legend’s chances not looking good.
The spokesperson confirmed “the then-Minister made a decision in 2015 not to grant Mr Mayweather a visa and the Government is not aware of any information that would change that outcome”.
Floyd training before his bout with Conor.
Mayweather wanted to visit down under in 2015 but was rejected by former Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash who placed numerous conditions upon his entry into the country before knocking back his request.
The 50-0 fighter had planned a speaking tour and appearances but decided against making the trip because of the minister’s demands.
The list of conditions called on his legal team to obtain sworn statements from the boxer’s victims and the US Courts to prove he was a changed man.
Cash apparently accepted that Mayweather’s planned 2015 trip would likely benefit businesses and charities and there was no proof he would offend in Australia.
However, the former Assistant Immigration Minister also expressed concern over Mayweather’s public statements about domestic violence and how charges were dropped after victims decided not to persist with their claims.
Mayweather’s Australian agent Max Markson insists the demands placed upon his client are impossible to meet and should take his recent good behaviour into consideration.
Markson also said the 40-year-old has changed his ways and is “a reformed character who deserves another chance”.