Floyd Mayweather will take on little-known MMA star Mikuru Asakura as the 45-year-old boxing legend announces his fourth exhibition bout since retiring in 2017, with fight set to take place in Japan in September
- Floyd Mayweather is scheduled to take on Japanese MMA star Mikuru Asakura
- The 29-year-old Japanese is a former two-division champion with a 16-3 record
- Mayweather, 45, has excelled on the exhibition scene since retiring in 2017
- Mayweather last faced former sparring partner Don Moore in Abu Dhabi in May
Floyd Mayweather has announced he will face MMA star Mikuru Asakura of Japan in his next exhibition fight in September.
Manny Pacquiao’s manager said last week Mayweather’s long-time rival was eyeing a re-match with him, having faced each other at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2015 in what was dubbed beforehand as the ‘Fight of the Century’.
But it has now been revealed little-known mixed martial artist Asakura – a former two-division champion – will be the 45-year-old American’s fourth opponent since retirement, with an exact date and venue set to be announced later in June.
Floyd Mayweather has announced he will face MMA star Mikuru Asakura of Japan
Mayweather, 45, has excelled on the exhibition scene since retiring professionally in 2017
It has also been announced the exhibition clash will take part under the Japanese MMA RIZIN promotion.
‘I got to where I got to by working extremely hard,’ Mayweather said. ‘I’m always focused. I’m always pushing to be the best.
‘It’s still a great feeling to travel the world, do these exhibition fights and entertain people from all walks of life. I’ve seen every style.
‘My job is just to go out there, have fun and be my best. September we’re going to have fun and entertain people. I’m Floyd Mayweather to him. He’s just another opponent to me.’
An exact date and venue for the clash between the pair is set to be announced later in June
Asakura, 29, has no boxing experience, while his MMA record currently reads 16-3
The announcement comes after Mayweather – who went on to retire from professional boxing in 2017 with a spotless 50-0 record – faced former sparring partner Don Moore in Abu Dhabi last month in a clash that was not scored.
Asakura, 29, meanwhile has no boxing experience, while his MMA record currently reads 16-3.
But speaking ahead of his latest challenge, he said: ‘I’m an MMA fighter but I’m going to use this opportunity and I’m going to use him to raise my name and my value internationally. I will win this fight.’
Nobuyuki Sakakibara, CEO of Rizin, meanwhile added: ‘I’m very happy to be sitting in between these two athletes for this event which will be Floyd Mayweather’s second with RIZIN.
This will be Mayweather’s next clash after facing Don Moore in Abu Dhabi last month
‘Floyd Mayweather was supposed to fight in an exhibition in Japan earlier in the year with an organization called Mega.
‘However, due to the pandemic it has been postponed and RIZIN has taken over the contract for Floyd Mayweather’s next fight in Japan.’
Mayweather has excelled on the exhibition scene – and continue to earn huge sums as a result – having retired professionally following his win over Conor McGregor five years ago.
He has already brutally defeated a Japanese fighter in the first round since, in the form of kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in 2018, before his fight with Logan Paul last summer went the full eight rounds.