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Floyd Mayweather Jnr suffers rare defeat

DENIED: Floyd Mayweather Jnr

LEGENDARY BOXER Floyd Mayweather Jnr has lost a fight at last. The American may be unbeaten in the ring but he will not be allowed to enter Australia after the Immigration Department refused to grant him a visa on Feb 4. The boxer has been banned from entering the country because of his abusive past. Mayweather, 37, was jailed in 2012 for an attack (two years earlier) on his ex-girlfriend.

An on-line petition was launched via change.org to stop him from visiting the country because it states 'he abused his ex-partner in front of his children and went to jail after abusing five different women'

His ban has been confirmed by Assistant Minister for Immigration, Senator Michaelia Cash. 'A visa has not been granted in this case,' she said.

'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 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 account. 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.'

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