Floyd Mayweather vs. Mikuru Asakura Exhibition Fight Announced for September

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 14, 2022

HENDERSON, NEVADA - JUNE 13: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura pose during a news conference announcing their exhibition boxing bout at The M Resort on June 13, 2022 in Henderson, Nevada. The bout will take place in September 2022 in Japan as part of a RIZIN Fighting Federation show. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has another exhibition upcoming.

The former boxer will face MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura in Japan this September, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), his second exhibition in the country since his retirement from professional boxing five years ago.

Mayweather faced Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the country back in 2018, an event that he showed up two hours late to before promptly knocking Nasukawa to the mat three times in a two-minute span, leaving him in tears after his corner called the fight.

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Floyd Mayweather makes $9 million in 139 seconds after easily defeating Tenshin Nasukawa with three knockdowns <a href="https://t.co/wfyxtugfpU">pic.twitter.com/wfyxtugfpU</a>

"It was all about entertainment. We had fun," Mayweather said after the bout, ever the salesman. "Tokyo, Japan, you guys have been amazing. Thank you."

It probably helped the sales pitch that Mayweather reportedly made $9 million from the exhibition.

While Mayweather enjoyed himself, many of the people who tuned in for that fight saw through the spectacle:

Calfreezy @Calfreezy

Lmao that mayweather fight. Have we all just been trolled πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜©

Paddy Power @paddypower

Mayweather beats a 20-year-old kick boxer inside a round. This now sets up a fight with Brian from our accounts department.

caposa @Grabaka_Hitman

That.. looked like a 50-0 boxer against a 20 year old kickboxer in a boxing match. That's exactly what it looked like.

Mayweather's exhibition against Mikuru likely won't be much different. While Mayweather was a perfect 50-0 in his boxing career, Mikuru is 16-3-1 in his MMA career and currently fights in the Rizin promotion.

Holding the fight under boxing rules gives Mayweather an obvious advantage, as it did when he faced Conor McGregor and Tenshin.

One difference is that Mikuru will be at much less of a size and weight disadvantage, as he fights around 145-150 pounds, whereas Tenshin is closer to 125 pounds. By the end of his career, Mayweather was fighting in the welterweight division (140-147 pounds).