At 45, Mayweather plots new fight


Floyd Mayweather has announced that his next exhibition fight will be against MMA star Mikuru Asakura in Japan.

The boxing legend, 45, announced the news at a Las Vegas press conference and said it will take place in Japan in September versus the Tokyo native.

Mayweather will take on the 29-year-old former RIZIN Featherweight title challenger in a bout that is expected to air on the new “RIZIN Fight Pass.” 

Southpaw Asakura has 16 wins from his 20 bouts inside the cage – eight by knockout.

The featherweight was last in action against Yutaka Saito at Rizin 33 – Saitama on December 31 and tasted victory via unanimous decision.

The American icon walked away from professional boxing after beating UFC superstar Conor McGregor in ten rounds.

Mayweather officially retired in 2017 but has been involved in three exhibitions in the ring since.

The first was in 2018 against featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Tokyo which was promoted by RIZIN.

He marked his return by wiping out Nasukawa, 23, in one round of their mismatch.

Mayweather then faced YouTuber Logan Paul, 27, in June 2021 and gave away two stone in the spectacle fight.

It went the full eight-round distance as Paul technically avoided defeat.
Mayweather’s most recent cameo in the ring came in May against former sparring partner Don Moore.

The fight was initially set to be held atop of a hotel HELIPAD in Dubai, 700ft above sea level, before it was scrapped ONE DAY beforehand.

It followed after the death of former UAE President Sheikh Khalifa, who passed away aged 73.

Mayweather would instead dominate Moore a week late in Abu Dhabi.
And now he is set to return to Japan again and link up with the MMA organisation for another exhibition bout.