Floyd Mayweather says Sunday’s exhibition boxing bout against Japanese mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura will be “easy pay, easy check, easy opponent”.
The 45-year-old boxing great, who is reportedly close to agreeing a rematch with UFC superstar Conor McGregor, defeated Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa just two minutes later when they fought at an exhibition in Japan in 2018.
The fight was seen by many as a farce, but the American promised to give the crowd this weekend at the Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo, their money’s worth in his last lucrative performance since his retirement.
“I think the last time I got here, it was so fast that nobody had time to enjoy it,” Mayweather, whose nickname includes “Money,” said on Thursday after a workout that was delayed an hour because that he “overslept”.
“I’ll do it quickly, but there aren’t many fights on the map, so I’ll make sure to get to three (rounds) unless you all want me to do it quickly.”
It was reported this week that Mayweather said he would fight McGregor for the second time next year.
The two met in a highly publicized boxing match in 2017, when Mayweather won via TKO in the 10th round to end his career with a perfect 50-0 record.
His previous exhibition match was against “Dangerous” Don Moore in Abu Dhabi in May.
Mayweather was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June.