Floyd Mayweather knocked out mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura in the second round on Sunday in Japan at the great boxer’s last retired show.
Mayweather, 45, knocked his opponent down with a right hand while former welterweight opponent Manny Pacquiao watched the ring in Saitama.
American Mayweather, who ended his career in 2017 with an undefeated 50-0 record, subsequently rejected any prospect of a fight with the same retired Pacquiao.
Mayweather arrived at the Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo, just an hour before the fight.
On television, he was shown relaxing in a locker room full of takeaway fast food before entering the ring.
On another easy payday, the self-proclaimed “Money” Mayweather got the bell for the end of the second round when Asakura hit the canvas, but it failed to save the Japanese fighter and he was unable to beat the count.
“It was another blockbuster… boxing is like breathing for me,” Mayweather said, adding that he hopes to fight more “Youtubers and MMA guys.”
The great Filipino Pacquiao is not on his radar.
“I retired for a reason,” Mayweather said. “I’m here to have fun and have fun… but I’m not going to take punishment to the point where I can barely walk and barely talk.
“People will always pay to even get a glimpse of Floyd Mayweather,” he said before asking, “so why would I go out there and…fight the best fighter when I can get the same amount of money in three rounds with someone.” whatever.” ?”
Asakura, an MMA star and popular YouTuber in Japan, gave Mayweather more training than the last time the American fought in Japan against kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa in December 2018.
“I’m glad that he made some shots, excited the audience. That’s what it’s about,” Mayweather said.
“I’m proud of him. I am proud that he came here. He helped me entertain people. He did what he had to do… We both had fun.”
Mayweather is reportedly close to agreeing a 2023 rematch with UFC star Conor McGregor.
Mayweather defeated McGregor in his last fight before retiring.
There were no judges in the Mayweather-Asakura fight, which means that the result will not count towards the fighter’s record.
Mayweather predicted last week that the fight would be “an easy payday, an easy check, an easy opponent.”
Retirement has not stopped him from earning millions of dollars through a series of exhibitions.
In a 2018 match with Nasukawa, a kickboxer half his age, Mayweather knocked him down three times in the first round of a two-minute fight that he hinted online netted him $9 million.