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Floyd Mayweather has been denied an Australian visa reportedly due to character concerns given his previous problems with the law.
The pound-for-pound king has a history of domestic violence, and it is reported that that is the reason which has prevented him from entering the country and therefore has forced him to postpone promotional appearances.
It is understood that the Australian authorities banned Mayweather in part as a response to on-going concerns from citizens about his history of violence, particularly against women, claims Bleacher Report.
“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,” Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash told Smethurst.
“Visa applicants must demonstrate they are of good character, as required under the character test in the Migration Act 1958, before they are granted a visa.”
Mayweather has been arrested three times previously on counts of domestic violence since 2002, but his publicist Max Markson suggested that the team would appeal the decision and so the events will be postponed but potentially not cancelled for now.
It will be disappointing news for Mayweather as he has shared his excitement of visiting his fans in Australia for the past few weeks on social media networks.
Nevertheless, perhaps being forced to stay home and postpone promotional work will give him additional time to work on agreeing to a deal with Manny Pacquiao…