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Floyd Mayweather denied Australia visa ahead of proposed promotional tour

Image: Floyd Mayweather: Has been denied a visa to enter Australia

Floyd Mayweather has been denied a visa to enter Australia, due to his violent past.

The world's No 1 fighter was to embark on a two-day promotional tour only to be refused entry on the grounds of being convicted and jailed in 2012 for a domestic battery offence involving a former girlfriend.

Mayweather was due to fly in for charity-based events in Sydney in conjunction with prominent Australian publicist Max Markson but the country's Department of Immigration rejected his visa application  

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"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 Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash.

Mayweather, who had been expected to announce a mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao during Sunday's Super Bowl, has been on holiday in the Caribbean and was told late on Wednesday that he would not receive a visa.

Publicist Markson said he was considering appealing the decision but an online poll commissioned by opposing Mayweather's visit had attracted more than 46,000 signatures on Thursday.

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