Newly-appointed Hall of Fame boxer Floyd Mayweather will fight Japanese mixed martial arts star Mikuru Asakura at an exhibition in Japan in September, organizers said on Tuesday.
The former Welterweight world champion, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday after retiring with an unbeaten 50-0 record, defeated “dangerous” Don Moore at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi last month.
The date, venue and rules of his fight against 29-year-old Featherweight Asakura will be announced later this month.
This will be the 45-year-old Mayweather’s fourth show and his second show in Japan, after he was widely ridiculed in December 2018, just two minutes after TKO defeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
Mayweather called himself an “exhibition guide” and promised to “do a show” for fans when he returns in September.
Mayweather said of his opponent, “We’re going to treat him nicely, we’ll let him go three rounds, we’ll let him try to land his shot.”
“I can’t let him punch me, it’s up to me, it all depends on what I want to do,” the American added, describing himself as a “puppet-master.”
After entering the Hall of Fame, Mayweather said his “legacy has already been set in stone.”
He retired from professional boxing in 2017 after defeating UFC star Connor McGregor.
“It’s great to be in the Hall of Fame and the great thing about it is that I did everything on my terms,” he said.
“You look at a lot of champions and they can just walk, they can just talk. That’s not cool. The name of the game is hitting and not hitting. ”
Asakura said he “wants to use this opportunity to enhance my name and my reputation internationally.”
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