Floyd Mayweather may be in his mid 40s but remains confident as ever as he heads back to Japan for another boxing exhibition under the Rizin banner. He will take on Mikuru Asakuru in September with the exact date yet to be confirmed,
Asakuru is 16 years younger than Mayweather and is one of the best featherweight MMA fighters in Japan. But he has never competed in boxing at any level so the gulf in experience will be absolutely vast.
Mayweather, who is arguably the best boxer of all time, sounded extremely confident at the press conference in Las Vegas this week,
“I know that he believes in his skill, but no fighter that he’s ever been in the ring with is Floyd Mayweather,” he said.
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Pound for pound
Asakura has never competed under boxing rules, let alone faced the sport’s former pound for pound king. Last time out Mayweather had a very easy pay day when he stopped Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin 19 and the American doesn’t think his upcoming opponent will fare much better,
“These other guys are just fighters, but I’m Floyd Mayweather. I’m on a different level. I’m special. Not just special, very special. This guy is going to come out and give his best, like every and any guy. But I’ve seen every style, so my job is just to go out there be me, have fun and do what I do best.”
He retired from pro boxing with a remarkable 50-0 record nearly five years ago. The final bout of his competitive career clearly whetted Mayweather’s appetite for facing MMA fighters inside the squared circle as he absolutely schooled Conor McGregor in one of the most lucrative fights of all time.
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Since retiring he has taken on several exhibition bouts. They have definitely helped to boost his bank balance but Mayweather says he also enjoys them,
“I had so many great days competing at the highest level, but this is a great feeling now to be able to travel the world and do these exhibition bouts and have fun.”
While Mayweather’s fights don’t tend to be particularly entertaining he is definitely an entertainer and knows exactly how to hype a fight. So while his days of competing against the best in the business are over the 45 year old still believes he is capable of putting on a show,
“My legacy is already engraved in stone. It’s great to be able to entertain people around the world and from all walks of life. Come September in Japan, we’re going to give the people what they want to see. They want to see me still competing and be entertained by Floyd Mayweather.”