Floyd Mayweather will return to the ring for a boxing exhibition against Mikuru Asakura as part of RIZIN 38.
During the official staredown between the two fighters, Floyd Mayweather’s less-than-professional-looking bodyguard took it upon himself to shove Mikuru after a few moments. ‘Money’ motioned for the bodyguard to stand down as he re-engaged in the staredown with the Japanese star.
Floyd Mayweather's bodyguard intervenes during his face-off with Mikuru Asakura 😐 pic.twitter.com/WmIyuMhhgv
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Rizin Fighting Federation’s latest event will go down at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The card also features a bantamweight bout between Kyoji Horiguchi and Yuto Hokamura. Horiguchi is a former Bellator MMA bantamweight champion and is the reigning bantamweight titleholder for RIZIN FF.
Floyd Mayweather Returns to Japan For Another Easy Payday
In 2018, Floyd Mayweather faced Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa. ‘Money’ famously showed up two hours late for the event before quickly knocking Tenshin to the canvas three times in roughly two minutes. Tenshin was left sobbing after his corner mercifully threw in the towel. Mayweather made $9 million for 139 seconds of work.
‘Money’ will return to Japan to face Mikuru Asakura who holds a record of 16-3-1 in mixed martial arts competition. While Tenshin entered the bout at a significant weight disadvantage, Mikuru will step into the ring around 145 pounds, roughly the same weight that Mayweather fought at near the end of his professional boxing career.
Floyd Mayweather retired in 2017 after going 50-0 in his professional career. Since then, ‘Money’ has engaged in exhibition bouts, including a high-profile fight with former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor.
The current RIZIN FF 38 card includes:
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Yuto “Kintaro” Hokamura
Hiromasa Ogikubo vs. Kim Soo-chul
Kyohei Hagiwara vs. Chihiro Suzuki
Juri Ohara vs. Luiz Gustavo
Shoma Shibisai vs. Cally Gibrainn de Oliveira
Floyd Mayweather vs. Mikuru Asakura (boxing exhibition)
Yoshinari Nadaka vs. So Trakunpet Bandasak (kickboxing bout)