Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Mikuru Asakura: Fight Odds, Live Stream, Predictions

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 24, 2022

US boxer great Floyd Mayweather (R) takes part in a training session at a gym in Tokyo on September 22, 2022, ahead of his planned exhibition boxing match against Japanese mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura on September 25. (Photo by Richard A. Brooks / AFP) (Photo by RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be back in the ring for an exhibition against MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura on Sunday in Saitama, Japan.

Because of the time difference, the pay-per-view will begin Saturday night in the United States.

Time: 11 p.m. ET

Live Stream: FITE.tv

Fight Odds (via OddsChecker): Mayweather -700; Asakura +500

This is Mayweather's fourth exhibition fight, and the 45-year-old isn't exactly hiding what's driving him to continue putting on the gloves.

"From this exhibition alone I will be making somewhere upwards of $15-20 million," he told Charlotte Daly of the Daily Mail. "That's just from this exhibition. So, it's cool. Nine minutes, $20 million, not bad."

It's a good gig if you can get it.

Mayweather added he's "able to entertain people all over the world." This will be his second event in Saitama, and he has also hit Miami and Abu Dhabi on his post-retirement exhibition tour.

By and large, fans know what to expect from the unbeaten legend in these unofficial fights.

Mayweather wasn't the most electric pugilist in his prime. His defensive style was highly effective and served him well in multiple ways, but it was rarely thrilling to watch. Now, he's even less concerned with putting on a show.

Mayweather landed a total of 43 punches over eight rounds in his June 2021 clash with Logan Paul.

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Floyd Mayweather: "I did an exhibition with the YouTuber Logan Paul. We had fun. People have gotta know, there's a difference between a real fight and an exhibition. All I did was work out from time to time. If it was a real fight, it would've been a blowout in the first round."

Asakura figures to be significantly overmatched as well.

The Japanese featherweight is 16-3 as a pro and 15 years Mayweather's junior. Still, boxing and MMA are two different disciplines, and there's only so much Asakura can do to bridge the gap on an opponent with so much more experience than him.

Tenshin Nasukawa learned that the hard way in December 2018. The decorated kickboxer couldn't even make it out of the first round against Mayweather. It was so one-sided that ESPN.com's Dan Rafael wrote at the time the spectacle "was downright embarrassing and at times looked almost staged."

Maybe Mayweather will be that aggressive with Asakura if he senses he can bring things to a close in a matter of minutes. But that's not the tone he struck at a press conference in June.

"We're going to treat him nice, we're going to let him go three rounds, we're going to let him try to land his shot," he told reporters.

"I may not let him land one punch, it's all up to me, it's all on what I want to do."

Fans shouldn't expect to see a three-round classic Saturday night.

Asakura will probably connect with a few good blows that aren't enough to put Mayweather on the mat. Mayweather, meanwhile, will do his part to get in some offense without tagging Asakura too much.

Especially since this is only a three-round affair, it should go the distance with Mayweather declared the victor in spirit.


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