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Floyd Mayweather Jr. gets indefinite ban from Australia

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The biggest star in boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr., will be forced to postpone his planned trip to Australia yet again. This time, it might prove to be for much longer than just a couple of days.

On Wednesday, February 4, it was announced to various media outlets that the Australian Immigration Department declined to grant the pound for pound king a visa, and further issued an indefinite ban from entering the continent.

The reason for the open-ended injunction was listed as the boxing superstar's highly publicized history of domestic violence.

The ruling was confirmed by Assistant Minister for Immigration.

"A visa has not been granted in this case," stated Senator Michaelia Cash. "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."

"Visa applicants must demonstrate they are of good character, as required under the character test in the Migration Act of 1958, before they are granted a visa. I am aware of Mr. Mayweather's background, both in terms of his professional success, as well as his criminal history, as has been extensively reported in the United States and Australian media."

"In making character decisions, a range of factors are taken into consideration. This can include consideration of both, a person's criminal history as well as their general conduct over a continuum of time, to reach an assessment as to whether they are of good character."

Mayweather was originally slated to visit Melbourne on January 29, and Sydney on January 30, when the trip was delayed due to the ongoing visa issue.

The world's highest paid athlete was forced to serve a two-month jail sentence in June of 2012. Although the soon to be 38 year old fighter has since paid his debt to American society, the Australian public haven't been as forgiving.

According to a petition recently created on Change.org, over 20,000 visitors expressed their concern for Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s planned trip to Australia.

"Great news!!! Due to everyone's amazing support of this petition, Floyd Mayweather's visit to Australia is still in doubt," wrote Angela Burrows of Change.org to the numerous visitors to the site. "The latest information from the Immigration Department suggests Mayweather's visa is still under consideration."

"YOU have made this happen, and together WE can make a difference. Please help me send a strong message to our politicians that we will no longer tolerate anything other than a firm commitment to stamp out domestic and family violence and the attitudes that support this."

His regional promoter, Max Markson, remains optimistic that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be allowed to visit the continent in the near future.

"We're hoping that new dates will be announced as soon as Mayweather's visa is issued," stated Markson to various media sources. "He is no danger or threat to Australian society and was planning to bring his 14 year old daughter and her mother on this trip."

It remains to be seen if the infamous boxing super star will be able to visit "the land down under" sometime in 2015.


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