Floyd Mayweather gave Manny Pacquiao a special mention as the five-weight world champion won at RIZIN 38.
The boxing legend was never going to be in any trouble against kickboxer Mikuru Asakura after admitting he couldn’t even pronounce his opponent’s name beforehand.
Mayweather took control and didn’t really bother with too much defense as he eased to victory and a $20 million paycheck.
Floyd Mayweather beats Asakura
The end came in the second round when Mayweather dropped and stopped a dazed Asakura.
Afterward, Mayweather mentioned the ringside Pacquiao as rumors continue that the pair will fight again in 2023.
“I thank you all for your hospitality. And here we have another legend right here. Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. He’s an unbelievable fighter,” said “Money.”
Earlier, Mayweather watched as his long-time bodyguard Ray “Jizzy Mack” Sadeghi got face-planted.
Sadeghi agreed to fight on the card as only three bouts had been signed with just over a week to go. An “open weight” category was then created to accommodate the much bigger weightlifter.
Koji “Kouzi” Tanaka then stepped up to the plate after Sadeghi labeled Japanese fighters “weak” at a press conference for Mayweather’s headlining fight.
Pushing Mayweather’s opponent Mikuru Asakura back despite no threat at the head-to-head, Sadeghi quickly got added to the card.
Despite a 70-pound weight differential trimmed down only slightly by lightweight Tanaka adding a few extra pounds, that’s where it all went wrong for Jizzy.
Tanaka caught him in the third round and dazed the much bigger man. Sadeghi couldn’t stay on his feet, and the fight was over.
Kouzi vs Jizzy Mack KO
Sadeghi hit the floor hard and could not recover from the knockout.
In the main event, promoter Mayweather won his third victory in his fourth contest since retirement. The exhibition fight in Japan didn’t see the end of the second round.
After facing Conor McGregor, Mayweather fought Tenshin Nasukawa, Logan Paul, Don Moore, and now Asakura.
Mayweather’s team managed to get their man a reported $20 million purse for the three-rounder.
Floyd returns again in November against social media star and non-boxer Deji in Dubai. It will be another exhibition bout outside of the United States.
The Super RIZIN pay-per-view event, headlined by the Mayweather vs. Askakura, was held at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.
Super RIZIN, presented by Japanese MMA company RIZIN Fighting Federation, was distributed by Integrated Sports.
The action was beamed across North America live on Cable and Satellite Pay Per View via iN Demand. Also, DIRECTV, DISH, Shaw PPV, Rogers, Bell TV, and SaskTel.
Mayweather vs Asakura got priced at $29.99.
Additionally, it was broadcast via Digital PPV on FITE (all FITE mobile, OTT Streaming, and Smart TV apps) and PPV.com.
Super RIZIN Results:
Floyd “Money” Mayweather (50-0,27 KO’s boxing), USA KO2 over Mikuru Askakura (16-3-0 MMA), Toyohashi, Japan
Kouzi “Emperor” Tanaka (31-16-2, 10 KOs), Japan KO3 over Jizzy Mack (Ray Vinci Sadeghi), USA
Kota Miura (1-0-0), Japan SUBMISSION W1 over Bunchual Phonsungnoen (pro debut), Thailand
Nada Yoshinaro (41-6-1, 26 KOs), Japan KO1 over Bandasak So Trakunpet (pro debut), Thailand