Japan's Mikuru Asakura will meet Floyd Mayweather this weekend Photo: AFP
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Mayweather expects 'easy payday, easy opponent' in Japan fight

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Floyd Mayweather says that Sunday's exhibition boxing match against Japanese mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura will be an "easy payday, easy check, easy opponent".

The 45-year-old boxing great, who is reportedly close to agreeing a rematch with UFC superstar Conor McGregor, beat Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa after just two minutes when they fought in an exhibition in Japan in 2018.

The fight was widely seen as a farce but the American vowed to give the crowd this weekend at Saitama Super Arena their money's worth in his latest lucrative post-retirement performance.

"I think the last time I came here, it was so quick nobody got a chance to enjoy it," Mayweather, whose nicknames include "Money", said Thursday after a practice session which was delayed by an hour because he "overslept".

"I'll make it quick, but there's not many bouts on the card so I'll make sure to go to three (rounds), unless you all want me to make it quick."

Mayweather was reported this week as saying that he will fight McGregor for a second time next year.

The two met in a much-hyped boxing match in 2017, with Mayweather winning by a 10th-round technical knock-out to retire 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.

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Two men trying to knock each other out should be paid the earth. May the best man win

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Circus act

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samuraivunyl,

explain then if boxing is not fighting, what is it?

It is, and I'm not disparaging Mayweather. His 50-0 record pretty much speaks for itself.

But what I mean by that is that he was able to hype up all his fights by mouthing off, ensuring that everyone would watch in the hope of seeing him get knocked down and shut up. And then his wins were pretty much all built on defence. He lets his opponents throw hundreds of punches, then nails them on the counter or when they've blown up. As Canelo Alvarez said, ""He doesn't expose anything. He's a fighter that if with three punches he wins the round from you, he's fine with that. He doesn't expose anything and give a beautiful fight. He doesn't care in what way he wins as long as he wins." 

Then you have cheap shots like the two he put on Ortiz in 2011. And yes, you could argue that was in retaliation to a headbutt but Ortiz had already had a point deducted for that.

Since he 'retired', his fights have been against opponents who could most likely destroy him if they were allowed to kick or take it to the ground (except Jake Paul) but wisely he will only box them. Case in point his $275 million from fighting McGregor.

So yeah, boxing is fighting, but "Money" would much rather box.

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Samurai

Mayweather would fight his own shadow as long as people are stupid enough to pay. He claims to be the goat of boxing but has a very very limited knowledge, or probably scant regard for boxing history. Ask any boxer , amateur or pro, who is the greatest of all time and they’ll say sugar ray robinson.

You have an opinion like Mayweather. Robinson being the goat is not fact. People also say that Rocky Marciano is the goat.

Depending on each person's criteria, Mayweather could definitely be considered the goat.

has a very very limited knowledge, or probably scant regard for boxing history.

Considering the most past and current boxing experts and champions have described Mayweather as having genius-level boxing IQ. I doubt you can tell him anything about history.

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Mayweather would fight his own shadow as long as people are stupid enough to pay. He claims to be the goat of boxing but has a very very limited knowledge, or probably scant regard for boxing history. Ask any boxer , amateur or pro, who is the greatest of all time and they’ll say sugar ray robinson

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Jeans and t shirt

explain then if boxing is not fighting, what is it?

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Shameless money grab.

anyone who buys a ticket is a complete sucker

Mayweather's a boxer, not a fighter.

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Shameless money grab.

anyone who buys a ticket is a complete sucker

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What a pathetic circus...

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Why would anyone bother to watch this farce?

I'd pay to watch if Asakura dropped the "boxing" requirement, and went in with a few full-blooded kicks aimed at Mayweathers groin and then his head. Take that you woman-beating grub! Instant DQ, but boy would that be beautiful to watch!

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Why would anyone bother to watch this farce?

MMA and boxing are very different sports.

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Underestimating one's opponent is a quick way to defeat.

That said, may the best man win.

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