Undefeated former world champion Floyd Mayweather knocked out mixed martial arts fighter Mikuru Asakura in the second round on Sunday. The match was an exhibition game in the Super RIZIN headliner at the Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo.
The 45-year-old Mayweather was recently inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and finished his opponent with a thunderous right hand as his former welterweight opponent Manny Pacquiao was present ringside.
Mayweather’s opponent, Asakura is an MMA star and popular YouTuber from Japan, who as expected gave Mayweather nothing more than a sparing session than he received during his previous exhibition in Japan, against kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa in December 2018.
After the fight, Floyd talked about how he is enjoying his retirement by competing in Exhibition bouts. He addressed how he wants to have fun and earn the same amount of money for fighting with opponents like Asakura. "I retired for a reason," said Mayweather.
"I'm here to have fun and enjoy myself … but I'm not going to take no punishment to the point to where I can barely walk and barely talk. People will always pay to get a glimpse of Floyd Mayweather," he added. “So why would I go out there and … fight a top fighter when I can get the same amount of money for three rounds with whoever?"
He then talked about being proud of competing in Japan. He said, "I'm glad he threw a few shots, got the crowd excited. That's what it's about," Mayweather said. "I'm proud of him. I'm proud he came out here. He helped me entertain people. He did what he was supposed to do … We both had fun."