Floyd Mayweather: Flowers thrown at boxing legend’s feet before win vs Mikuru Asakura

  • Rob Swan
Bizarre scenes as flowers thrown at Floyd Mayweather’s feet - he goes on to KO Mikuru Asakura

Floyd Mayweather recorded a straightforward victory over Japanese MMA fighter and YouTuber Mikuru Asakura.

The legendary boxer said it was going to be an “easy payday, easy cheque, easy opponent” prior to the exhibition bout – and he backed up his pre-fight prediction with a convincing performance in Saitama, Japan.

Mayweather landed a big right hand on Asakura at the end of the second round to seal victory on Sunday’s Rizin Fighting Federation card.

How much money did Mayweather earn for Asakura fight?

The 45-year-old will pocket up to €20 million for the fight, per ESPN.

Not bad for a few minutes’ work.

Floyd Mayweather before Mikuru Asakura fight
HENDERSON, NEVADA – JUNE 13: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a news conference announcing an exhibition boxing bout against mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura at The M Resort on June 13, 2022 in Henderson, Nevada. The bout will take place in September 2022 in Japan as part of a RIZIN Fighting Federation show. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Video: Floyd Mayweather knocks out Mikuru Asakura

Watch Mayweather knock out Asakura here:

“I would like to thank the whole country of Japan,” Mayweather said afterwards. “Unbelievable country, unbelievable people. An exciting, incredible turnout. Round of applause for this great competitor right here.”

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Man throws flowers at Floyd Mayweather’s feet

While Mayweather was complimentary about the people of Japan, there were bizarre scenes inside the ring shortly before the right got underway.

A man – possibly an official dignitary of some sorts, according to Fox Sports – went to hand Mayweather a bouquet of flowers.

But instead of handing the bouquet into Mayweather’s outstretched arms, the man threw them onto the floor.

The crowd gasped while the commentators also sounded shocked.

Video: Flowers thrown at Floyd Mayweather’s feet

Watch the bizarre incident here:

“Well, that’s… interesting,” commentator Joe Ferraro said.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before in Japan.”

Damien Brown added: “Never, never. It’s the traditional handing of the flowers, a respectful thing. Maybe there’s some games being played.”

Reaction to flowers being thrown at Floyd Mayweather’s feet

Some Japanese boxing fans have apologised for their compatriot’s ‘disrespectful’ actions via social media:

It remains to be seen what sparked the unusual stunt, although it hasn’t put Mayweather off from returning to Japan in the future.

“Thanks for having me,” Mayweather told the crowd. “I’ll be back.”

Who will Floyd Mayweather fight next?

Mayweather recently revealed that he’s set to fight YouTuber Deji, brother of KSI, in Dubai in November.

“Then I’ve got one with the guy Deji,” he said,’ per the Daily Mail, “I want to make sure I’m saying it right, it’s Deji right?

“We will be doing an exhibition in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena, that is in November.”

Deji is set to fight about Floyd Mayweather
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – JUNE 12: Deji Olatunji fights Vinnie Hacker during LivexLive’s Social Gloves: Battle Of The Platforms PPV Livestream @ Hard Rock Stadium on June 12, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images for LivexLive )

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