Mayweather scores KO in front of watching Pacquiao

FLOYD Mayweather knocked out mixed martial arts fighter Mikuru Asakura in the second round on Sunday in Japan in the latest of the boxing great’s post-retirement exhibitions.


The 45-year-old Mayweather floored his opponent with a right hand as his former welterweight foe Manny Pacquiao watched ringside in Saitama. The American Mayweather, who retired in 2017 with an unbeaten 50-0 record, afterwards dis­missed any prospect of a fight with the similarly retired Pacquiao.


Mayweather arrived at Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo, just an hour before the fight. He was shown on TV relaxing in a dressing room full of takeaway fast food, prior to making his ringwalk. On another easy payday for the self-styled “Money” Mayweather, the bell to end the second round sounded as Asaku­ra hit the canvas, but it failed to save the Japanese fighter and he was unable to beat the count.—AFP