By: Sean Cross
The one and only Floyd Mayweather will be taking part in another show this time on September 24th in Japan. His opponent on the Rizin Fighting Federation card will be 16-3 mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura. The 30-year-old Asakura is considered good in the field of mixed martial arts, but he does not stand out in boxing. How confident is Mayweather, now 45, in his recent in-ring career? “I don’t feel the need to train particularly hard,” he said at a press conference in Hawaii on Wednesday.
“When we compete, we don’t train as much,” Mayweather said. When we competed, we were competing against the biggest and best in the sport of boxing. Part of this statement was probably prepared by Mayweather to get inside Asakura’s head. An opponent in an exhibition is still an opponent. However, Mayweather went into detail about how he and his team are preparing for the exhibition bout.
“We can train a few days and let our body rest for a few days, train a few days, rest a few days,” he said. “We don’t really train much. We just travel and enjoy life. As far as boxing and competing at the top level, I’ve done it this long. When it was time to go out there and do what I had to do, I found him at the locker.
Things got a little ugly during Wednesday’s press conference when one of Mayweather’s bodyguards pushed Asakura away from the legendary fighter. To his credit, the Japanese mixed martial artists played it cool and didn’t seem to let the incident get to him. Still, the man has good reason to take the exhibition seriously. Looking good with Mayweather — even a 45-year-old Mayweather — could do wonders for Asakura’s career.
Mayweather defeated UFC star Conor McGregor in 2015. In his last professional fight in 2017, he has been working on a second career since the best. The exhibition bout may not be official affairs, but it looks like Mayweather will get a mint. That’s why he held three jobs after retiring as a professional.
When he fought as a professional, Mayweather was arguably the greatest of all time, with a crisp yet fluid defensive style that was never outmatched in 50 fights. He headlined two of the highest pay-per-view bouts in history – the first when he beat Manny Pacquiao in 2015, and the second came against McGregor two years later.