Organizers said Tuesday that Hall of Fame’s newly nominated boxer Floyd Mayweather will compete against Japanese mixed martial arts star Mikuro Asakura at an exhibition in Japan in September. The former Welterweight World Champion, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday after retiring with an unbeaten 50-0 record, defeated “Dangerous” Dan Moore at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi last month. The date, venue and rules of his fight against 29-year-old Federweit Isakura will be announced later this month.
After defeating kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa by TKO in just two minutes in December 2018, this will be the fourth exhibition of 45-year-old Mayweather and the second in Japan, which was widely ridiculed.
Mayweather called himself an “exhibitionist” and promised to “present a show” to fans when he returns in September.
“We’re going to treat him well, we’ll let him go three rounds, we’ll let him try to land his shot,” Mayweather said of his opponent.
“I’m not going to let him punch me, it’s all up to me, it’s all about what I want to do,” said the American, describing himself as a “puppet master.”
Mayweather said after entering the Hall of Fame that his “legacy has already fallen to the ground.”
He retired from professional boxing in 2017 after defeating UFC star Connor McGregor.
“It’s great to be in the Hall of Fame and the biggest thing about it is that I did everything on my own terms,” he said.
“You see a lot of champions and they can barely walk, they can barely talk. It’s not good. The name of the game is to hit and not to hit.”
Asakura said he “intends to use this opportunity to enhance his name and reputation internationally.”
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