Floyd Mayweather is 45 years old. Maybe he can do it when he’s 75 years old.
The undefeated Hall of Famer ousted Mikuru Asakura in the second round of a three-round exhibition scheduled on the Rizin 38 card in Saitama, Japan.
The 30-year-old Japanese mixed martial artist had a role and his moments, landing some pretty eye-catching punches.
However, no MMA fighter has the boxing skills to compete on an equal level with one of the sweet sciences’ greatest practitioners, even if he’s in his mid-40s.
This is by design. Mayweather said he didn’t want to trade punches with anyone who had a good chance of hurting him. Asakura couldn’t.
The first round was quiet, with both fighters regularly sticking out their hands to find their range and only throwing powerful shots here and there, mostly to the body.
They got their speed back in the second round, though. Mayweather, who was still quick and nimble, started to point his right hand at Asakura’s head and added more body shots.
Asakura had a hard time hitting the great defensive fighter but he landed a few hits that drove Mayweather’s head back, an unusual sight. His problem was that he was getting the worst out of the exchanges.
Finally, after a number of precision shots to the head, lay down the ground, Mayweather landed another right that laid Asakura on his back and hurt him.
He stood on his knees, as referee Kenny Bayliss took a closer look at him and decided he was in no condition to continue.
Can this version of Mayweather beat a welterweight competitor? Maybe not at this point. However, he would continue to dominate fighters he tangled with in exhibitions, YouTubers, MMA fighters, and passive boxers.
In fact, Asakura, the MMA star, had no chance.
Mayweather had another big pay day and seemed to be enjoying himself, expressing his gratitude to the Japanese audience afterwards.
“I’m glad we were able to get people excited tonight,” he said. “Thank you for having me. I’ll be back later.”
The question is against whom?
Perhaps it is no coincidence that Mayweather competitor Manny Pacquiao was invited by the show’s organizers and spoke in the ring before and after the main event.
Can they hold a Mayweather-Pacquiao fair? Pacquiao, 43, may have provided evidence.
He said, “I hope this isn’t the last time you see me.”
Yes, we will almost certainly see more legendary boxers.
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