The day has come for boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather to return to the land of the rising sun at Super RIZIN for an exhibition match against 16-3 MMA fighter, Mikuru Asakura — at the storied Saitama Super Arena no less. The scheduled bell time is 11:00pm ET, and the event can be seen on fite.tv for the PPV cost of $29.99.
Since retiring from boxing, the 50-0 phenom in Floyd has been doing a world tour full of exhibitions against people who truly do not belong in the same ring as him. Nonetheless, Mayweather continues to put on a show for the fans, and is still granting once in a lifetime opportunities to those who would otherwise never get a moment in the spotlight with him.
Japan’s own Mikuru Asakura has been riding with the RIZIN brand since 2008, and is sporting a promotional record of 10-2 to go with his overall score of 16-3. Off the strength of an eight fight winning streak, Asakura made it all the way to a RIZIN featherweight title fight, but came up short to the champ Yutaka Saito in a unanimous decision. Asakura did avenge that loss in December of last year, but it was a low stakes rematch since Saito had already lost his title.
Asakura has achieved several knockouts in his MMA tenure, mostly by punches and a couple via head kick. He also has one MMA exhibition win under his belt, but has never actually competed in a boxing match. It’s hard to see him being able to compete with Mayweather in any meaningful way here. I mean Floyd has been in there with the best of the best, and despite being 45-years-old, he is still savvy enough to be light years ahead of mostly everyone on his exhibition list.
**There will be no betting odds for this matchup because it is an exhibition bout with no true winner being declared
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