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Floyd Mayweather’s fight with little-known MMA and YouTube star Mikuru Asakura confirmed for September 25 in Japan… putting an end to hopes of a possible rematch with Conor McGregor
- A date has been announced for Floyd Mayweather’s upcoming exhibition match
- He will fight in Japan next month against MMA and YouTube star Mikuru Asakura
- Mayweather has had three exhibitions to date since his retirement in 2017
Floyd Mayweather’s next demonstration match against MMA fighter and YouTuber Mikuru Asakura has been confirmed September 25 in Japan.
A press conference was held in June to announce the fight, which will be Mayweather’s fourth exhibition game since retiring in 2017.
It was confirmed on Wednesday that the undefeated boxer will now face Asakura, a former two-division champion in MMA, in just under four weeks at the Saitama Super Arena.
Floyd Mayweather returns to the ring on September 25 against Mikuru Asakura
The fight against the MMA and YouTube star will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan
Before the fight was announced in June, there had been speculation that Mayweather could step back into the ring against former opponents Manny Pacquiao or Conor McGregor.
Confirmation that the fight with Asakura will continue puts an end to hopes for a dream rematch with McGregor – the last fighter Mayweather fought professionally in 2017.
However, Asakura joins Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, YouTube personality Logan Paul and boxer Don Moore to defeat Mayweather in a demonstration fight since his retirement.
McGregor defeated Nasukawa, although his fights with both Paul and Moore both ended the game and ended in a draw as they were unscored matches.
“My legacy is already set in stone,” Mayweather said at his press conference in June.
“But it’s still great to just go around the world and entertain people from all walks of life.
“I’m pretty sure he’ll come out and do his best like any man, but I’ve seen every style, so my job is to get out there, be myself, have fun and do what i do best.
‘In September we’re going to have fun and entertain people. I’m Floyd Mayweather to him. He’s just another opponent to me.’
Asakura has a 16-3 MMA record in his first boxing match against Mayweather
Mayweather has had three exhibitions since he retired from boxing in 2017
Asakura, meanwhile, has no boxing experience, while his MMA record currently stands at 16-3.
But prior to his last challenge, he said: ‘I’m an MMA fighter, but I’m going to take this opportunity and I’m going to use it to raise my name and my value internationally. I will win this fight.’
Asakura has more than 2.7 million followers on YouTube, and recently shared a video titled: ‘Manny Pacquiao teaches Mikuru Asakura how to defeat Mayweather.’
Asakura’s confirmed fight ends speculation he could have a rematch with Conor McGregor
However, Mayweather has an unbeaten record of 50-0, with his last professional fight against McGregor in August 2017.
Earlier this year, there were reports that Mayweather and McGregor had discussed a rematch.
McGregor, who hasn’t fought in nearly a year since sustaining a horribly broken leg during his defeat to Dustin Poirier, shared a photo of his clash with Mayweather on Instagram in June — fueling speculation they could fix it again. .
He captioned the now-deleted photo: “I accept.”