MMA Fighting has Floyd Mayweather vs. Mikuru Asakura live round-by-round updates for one of the top boxing fights of the year which takes place Saturday night at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The main event is expected to begin around 1 a.m. ET on FITE TV pay-per-view. Check out our Mayweather vs. Asakura results page to find out what happened on the undercard.
Floyd Mayweather will compete in his fourth boxing exhibition since compiling a 50-0 career record. The last time he competed at a Rizin event, he knocked out Tenshin Nasukawa.
Mikuru Asakura is a mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight division for Rizin. The 30-year-old has compiled a 16-3 record with one no-contest in his MMA career.
This three-round exhibition contest will headline the Super Rizin event. Rizin 38 will follow the event and feature seven MMA fights.
Check out the Floyd Mayweather vs. Mikuru Asakura main event live blog below.
Mayweather vs. Asakura up next.
But first, Manny Pacquiao is out as a special ringside guest.
Pacquiao says that Asakura visited The Philippines to train with him ahead of this fight.
Mayweather is still backstage getting his gloves on and now we have an intermission.
The main event starts now, with Asakura making the walk first.
Here comes Mayweather.
Kenny Bayless your referee for this main event.
Round 1: Asakura flicking out punches early, Mayweather patiently walking him down. He dodges out of the way of an Asakura body shot. There’s the jab by Mayweather. Asakura ducks in and lands a body shot. Mayweather with plenty of head movement. Asakura probing with his jab, he throws a heavy left that Mayweather blocks. Mayweather with a body shot. Asakura throwing haymakers, nothing connecting. Mayweather to the body again. He hits the body again and Bayless tells Mayweather to get the shots higher. Mayweather slips in a glancing right hand before the bell.
Round 2: Mayweather advancing as he did in Round 1. Asakura fires a jab. Mayweather with a clean right hand down the middle. Asakura headhunting, Mayweather’s defense holding up. Another right hand lands for Mayweather. He might be figuring Asakura out. Body shot by Mayweather, then another. Asakura just absorbing these, but not answering with much of his own offense. Mayweather’s hands are low, he looks unconcerned with Asakura’s jab. Asakura connects with a lunging right hand, that was definitely felt. Mayweather all smiles. He avoids an Asakura combo. Asakura complains of a low shot. Big right by Mayweather. Another right for Mayweather, but Asakura pops him with a straight left. Mayweather lands another right at the bell and Asakura goes down. He looks hurt. The referee waves it off!
Official result: Floyd Mayweather def. Mikuru Asakura via TKO – Round 2, 3:00
Mayweather gets on the mic after:
“I would like to thank the whole country of Japan. Unbelievable country, unbelievable people, exciting crazy turnout. A round of applause for this tough competitor here.
“I would like to thank RIZIN, [Nobuyuki Sakakibara], for making this happen. A round of applause for my team. I want to thank you guys. Another unbelievable experience. Another legend right here, eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao. Great champion, unbelievable fighter… I’m just happy to be here. Thanks again.”
“Thanks for having me. I’ll be back.”
Pacquiao also enters the ring to thank the crowd and say that he hopes to be back at another show in the future.