Floyd Mayweather will pocket another ten-figure payday for a mere nine-minute exhibition against MMA star Mikuru Asakura tonight in Japan.
The boxer has boasted that he will earn somewhere between $15-20million for a three round bout, with each round taking place over three minutes. As such, he would be making as much as $6.5m for ever minute he spends in the ring for a fight that won’t even show up on his 50-0 boxing record.
Mayweather has said that at this point in his career he has no interest in legitimate professional bouts after a decades-long career. having won world titles at multiple weights and beaten the likes of Conor McGregor, Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao during a legendary run from his 1996 debut to his final 2017 retirement.
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Instead, he prefers exhibition bouts against opponents who have next to no chance of giving him any serious damage. Mayweather has already faced kick-boxing champion Tenshin Nasukawa, YouTube star Logan Paul and former sparring partner Don Moore, with Asakura his next rival.
He is expected to pocket a similar purse to face British YouTube sensation Deji in November at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. The pair will meet on November 13 with a star-studded undercard that will include Love Island’s Jack Fincham and Nigel Benn’s son Harley.
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“It’s always a few million a minute,” Mayweather told the Daily Mail when asked how much he would be earning for this weekend’s contest. “From this exhibition alone I will making somewhere upwards of $15-20million. That’s just from this exhibition. So, it’s cool. Nine minutes, 20million, not bad.
“Exhibitions are also giving me a chance to travel more. I have always travelled a lot but I am able to entertain people all over the world. I wasn’t able to do a real fight in Japan but they love when I do exhibitions. They love for me to come over and perform. It gives them a little bit of a chance to see the old Mayweather.
“It’s a great feeling. I make great money from these exhibitions. It’s about working smarter, not harder and I am getting smarter in life. I had a great career because the less you get hit the longer you last.”