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Floyd Mayweather will take on MMA star Mikuru Asakura, with fight set to take place in Japan

Floyd Mayweather takes on little-known MMA star Mikuru Asakura as the 45-year-old boxing legend announces his fourth exhibition fight since retiring in 2017, and the fight will take place in Japan in September

  • Floyd Mayweather is slated to take on Japanese MMA star Mikuru Asakura
  • The 29-year-old Japanese is a former champion in two divisions with a record of 16-3
  • Mayweather, 45, has excelled in the exhibition world since retiring in 2017
  • Mayweather last faced former sparring partner Don Moore in Abu Dhabi in May

Floyd Mayweather has announced that he will face Japan MMA star Mikuru Asakura in his next exhibition fight in September.

Manny Pacquiao’s manager said last week that Mayweather’s longtime rival was eyeing him for a rematch after he faced each other at the 2015 MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what was previously dubbed the ‘Fight of the Century’. .

But now it has been revealed that little-known mixed martial artist Asakura – a former two-division champion – will be the 45-year-old American’s fourth opponent since his retirement, with an exact date and location to be announced later in June.

Floyd Mayweather has announced that he will face Japan MMA star Mikuru Asakura

Floyd Mayweather has announced that he will face Japan MMA star Mikuru Asakura

Mayweather, 45, has excelled in the exhibition world since retiring professionally in 2017

Mayweather, 45, has excelled in the exhibition world since retiring professionally in 2017

It has also been announced that the exhibition match will take place as part of the Japanese MMA RIZIN promotion.

“I got where I’ve come by working extremely hard,” Mayweather said. “I’m always focused. I always push 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 to go out, have fun and do my best. September we are going to have fun and entertain people. I’m Floyd Mayweather to him. He’s just another opponent to me.’

An exact date and location for the clash between the pair will be announced later in June

An exact date and location for the clash between the pair will be announced later in June

Asakura, 29, has no boxing experience, while his MMA record is currently 16-3 .  is

Asakura, 29, has no boxing experience, while his MMA record is currently 16-3 . is

The announcement comes after Mayweather – who retired from professional boxing in 2017 with a flawless record of 50-0 – faced former sparring partner Don Moore last month in Abu Dhabi in a clash that was not scored.

Asakura, 29, meanwhile has no boxing experience, while his MMA record currently stands at 16-3.

But prior to his last challenge, he said: ‘I’m an MMA fighter, but I’m going to take this opportunity and I’m going to use it to raise my name and my value internationally. I will win this fight.’

Nobuyuki Sakakibara, CEO of Rizin, meanwhile added: “I am very happy to be 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

This will be Mayweather’s next clash after facing Don Moore in Abu Dhabi last month

Floyd Mayweather was said to be fighting an organization called Mega at an exhibition in Japan earlier this year.

“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 excelled in the exhibition world – and continues to earn huge sums of money as a result – after retiring professionally following his win over Conor McGregor five years ago.

He brutally defeated a Japanese fighter in the first round, in the form of kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in 2018, before his fight with Logan Paul lasted the full eight rounds last summer.

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