According to the organizers, the newly enshrined Hall of Fame boxer Floyd Mayweather will fight Mikuru Asakura, a mixed martial arts star in Japan in September.
Former welterweight world champion, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday after retiring with an undefeated 50-0 record, defeated “dangerous” Don Moore at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi last month.
The date, location and rules for the fight against the 29-year-old featherweight Asakura will be announced later this month.
After defeating kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in just two minutes with TKO in December 2018, Mayweather, 45, will be the fourth and second exhibition in Japan.
Mayweather called himself an “exhibition pioneer” and promised to “open a show” for his fans when he returned in September.
“We treat him kindly, let him go three rounds and try to get him to land a shot,” Mayweather said of his opponent.
“I may not let him land One Punch Man, it’s all up to me, it all depends on what I want to do,” the American added, describing himself as a “puppeteer.”
After being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Mayweather said his “heritage is already stone.”
He retired from professional boxing in 2017 after defeating UFC star Conor McGregor.
“It’s great to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The great thing about it is that I’ve done everything on my own terms,” he said.
“You see so many champions, they can hardly walk and can hardly talk. It’s not cool. The name of the game is to hit, not to hit.”
Asakura said he intends to “take this opportunity to enhance my name and value internationally.”