Floyd Mayweather vs Mikuru Asakura: fight date, UK start time, TV channel - will he fight Conor McGregor next?
Floyd Mayweather returns to the ring once more to face Japan’s Mikuru Asakura in an exhibition bout
The American boxer Floyd Mayweather is set to make another return to the ring as he will take on Japan’s Mikuru Asakura in an exhibition fight this weekend.
His fight against Asakura will not be his final fight, as he has suggested he will also take on Ireland’s Conor McGregor once again in 2023.
There are also rumours that the American boxer, 45, is set to fight in another exhibition match against YouTuber KSI’s brother Deji later this year, but as yet not officially confirmation has been reported.
Mayweather’s upcoming bout against the MMA fighter Asakura will be his first against an MMA fighter since he beat Tenshin Nasukawa in 2018.
Speaking in a heated press conference, that saw the American’s bodyguard shove Asakura during a face off, Mayweather said: “My legacy is already engraved in stone.
“But it’s still great just to go around the world an entertain people from all walks of life.
“I’m pretty sure he’s gonna come out and give his best, like any and every guy, but I’ve seen every style, so, my job is just to go out there, be me, have fun and do what I best.
“September we’re going to have fun and entertain people. I’m Floyd Mayweather to him. He’s just another opponent to me.”
Here is all you need to know ahead of Floyd Mayweather vs Mikuru Asakura...
When is Mayweather vs Asakura?
The fight is scheduled for Sunday 25 September and will be held at the Super Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan. The ring walks are set to begin at 4am (BST) early on Sunday morning.
How to watch Mayweather vs Asakura?
The fight is set to be shown on Fite TV pay-per-view in the UK. The action will be available to live stream through the Fite TV app which can be downloaded on mobile and tablet devices as well as watching on their website.
It will cost £19.99 to watch the bout in the UK.
Who is on the full card for Mayweather vs Asakura?
Mayweather has partnered up with the Japanese MMA promotion RIZIN for this bout:
Super RIZIN card:
- Floyd Mayweather vs Mikuru Asakura - Boxing Exhibition Bout
- Nadaka Yoshinari vs Bandasak So Trakunpet- Kickboxing Bout
- Kyoji Koriguchi vs Yuto Hokamura
- Hiromasa Ogikubo vs Soo Chul Kim
- Kyohei Hagiwara vs Chihiro Suzuki
- Juri Ohara vs Luiz Gustavo
- Shoma Shibisai vs Cally Gibrainn de Oliveira
What are the odds for Mayweather vs Asakura?
The latest odds according to champinon.info have Mayweather Jr to win 1/7 and Asakura to win 5/1.
The American welterweight has an unbelievable record of 50-0 with 27 knockouts while this will be the MMA fighter’s first boxing match.
The 45-year-old from Michigan stands at 5’8” tall while the Japanese fighter is 5’10” and both weigh 66.68kgs.
Will Floyd Mayweather fight Conor McGregor?
Two years after announcing his retirement from the ring in 2015, Mayweather was back to fight UFC icon Conor McGregor and eased to a 10th round stoppage.
Now it would appear there will be a rematch that could once again be fought under professional rules.
Their first encounter still stands as the second highest-grossing boxing match of all time with ‘The Money Fight’ generating 4.4million PPV buys worldwide.
Speaking to The Daily Mail ahead of his upcoming fight against Asakura, Mayweather said: “I want to go out there this weekend and have fun. Then I have another exhibition in Dubai in November and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.
“We don’t know if it’s going to be an exhibition of a real fight. But there’s been talks of both. I would prefer an exhibition.”