Easy work for Floyd Mayweather, who collected another big check for fighting Japanese MMA fighter and YouTuber Mikuru Asakura.
You had to be up late at night or early in the morning, depending on what coast you are on, to see this fight that ended in a 2nd round knockout.
Floyd Mayweather is still winning boxing matches, even if they won’t go on his official pro record.
The legendary boxer stopped Japanese MMA fighter and YouTuber Mikuru Asakura at the end of the second round with a big right hand on Sunday’s Rizin Fighting Federation card in Saitama, Japan. It was Mayweather’s second exhibition match this year and his second in Japan since his retirement from pro fights.
Mayweather will reportedly make in the range of $20 million for the bout, which was scheduled for three rounds. Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather’s old rival, was ringside.
“I would like to thank the whole country of Japan,” Mayweather said afterward. “Unbelievable country, unbelievable people. An exciting, incredible turnout. Round of applause for this great competitor right here.”
After an uneventful first round in which Asakura landed some body shots, he had some success in the second round, connecting several times to Mayweather’s head with lefts and rights from a southpaw stance.
But Mayweather, one of the best boxers ever and the highest-grossing combat sports athlete of all time, came back with hard shots of his own. He landed hard to the body right before the finish then set up Asakura for the big right at the second-round bell, which ultimately ended the bout.
Asakura was slow getting up, and referee Kenny Bayless waved the fight off before either boxer got to his corner after the second.
“Thanks for having me,” Mayweather told the crowd. “I’ll be back.”
Pacquiao was at the fight, and it looked like he was ready to do some exhibitions, possibly with Mayweather in the future.
The best part of the card was Mayweather’s bodyguard getting knocked out by a 135lb kickboxer.
Flip the pages for Mayweather, knocking out Asakura and his bodyguard Ray “Jizzy Mack” Sadeghi getting knocked out.