FLOYD MAYWEATHER confirmed he will fight in Japan again – amid talk of a rematch with Manny Pacquaio.
Pacquiao, famously beaten beaten by Mayweather in 2015, watched ringside as his old rival knocked out Mikuru Asakura in two rounds.
Floyd Mayweather beat Mikuru Asakura in two rounds
Manny Pacquaio was ringside to watch Floyd Mayweather’s win
The boxing legend, who doubled his tally of exhibition wins in Japan, then revealed plans to return in the Far East again.
He said: “I’m happy that we were able to give fans excitement tonight. Thanks for having me. I will be back.”
Mayweather, 45, floored Asakura, 30, right at the end of the second round with a sharp right hand.
The southpaw MMA star made it to his feet but on wobbly legs, leaving referee Kenny Bayless with no choice but to halt the action.
Mayweather addressed the fans in the Saitama Super Arena and hailed his front row rival.
He said: “Round of applause to my team, I want to thank you guys. Another unbelievable experience.
“Another legend right here, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Great champion. Unbelievable world champion.
“I’m just happy to be here, thanks again.”
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Pacquiao entered the ring to embrace Mayweather and then hinted that he could fight in Japan himself.
He said: “Thank you so much for this opportunity. I witnessed a good exhibition and good promotion with RIZIN.
“Thank you for the chance and I hope this is not the last one.”
Pacquiao, 43, retired from boxing last year after defeat to Yordenis Ugas, 35.
But following a failed presidential campaign in the Philippines, he has been linked with a comeback.
Pacquaio already has two exhibitions lined up, against Korean YouTuber DK Yoo and ex-sparring partner Jaber Zayani.
Whereas Mayweather has had four exhibition bouts since retiring professionally in 2017 after beating UFC superstar Conor McGregor, 34.
The pair of boxing icons came face to face once again in the Far East at a press conference and traded words.
Afterwards, Pacquiao’s business partner Sean Gibbons insisted they would accept a rematch with Mayweather.
Gibbons said: “Let’s go. Would love to see it but Mayweather wants none of this smoke due to his ego.
“Senator Pacquiao would love an exhibition. If he was to return it would be this year, but that is a big if.”
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio at a press conference in Japan
Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao in 2015
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you able to learn how to box?
You can box if you want. It is easy to find a gym that offers boxing classes in your area and then join one. Although most gyms offer free classes to their members, it is possible to search Google for other local boxing clubs.
Also, equipment like gloves and mouthpieces, headgear, as well as sparring partners will be required. Once you have all the equipment, you can start practicing your kicks and punches.
What is the difference in a left and right hook?
A left hook is thrown at the side of the body and a right crossover is thrown at the front.
A left hook is thrown with the back of the hand facing the opponent’s face. The elbow is bent 90 degrees, while the wrist is turned 45 degrees towards the opponent.
The opponent is facing the palm and the elbow straight. A right cross is made. The opponent is facing the wrist.
What are the advantages of learning to box
You should be aware of the following factors if you are interested in learning how to box:
- It builds confidence. Learn to box can give you courage to confront bullies or any other person who might bully you.
- It improves your health. Boxing can help build muscle mass. Muscle mass will make you stronger.
- It teaches you self defense skills. Learning how to fight is the first step to protecting yourself.
- It increases your mental toughness. Mental toughness is vital when facing difficult situations.
- You will feel proud of yourself. Once you’ve mastered a certain technique, you’ll feel like a real boxer.
- It’s fun! Nothing is more fun than being punched in a stomach.
- It’s cheap. All you need are a pair of punching bags and boxing gloves.
- It doesn’t require much space
- You want to be running at roughly 75-80% of your top speed..5 mile slow, easy recovery jog at the end.X Research source 2Mix in long runs, shadow boxing, and short sprints on non-interval days. (wikihow.com)
- It is just like normal sparring with a partner, but you want to throw punches at 75% of your normal speed. (wikihow.com)
Here are the Basic Skills of Boxing
How to box efficiently
Boxing is the most loved sport in the world. It is a fight between two opponents. There are different rules for boxing, and they vary from one country to the next. In general, there are three types of boxing; Amateur, Professional and Olympic boxing.
Amateur boxing can be practiced at school or college. This type of boxing includes sparring sessions with padded gloves and without any protection. Amateur boxing competitions typically last for three rounds, each lasting five minutes. Amateur boxing can be done in many styles, including Kickboxing and Muay Thai, Taekwondo or Karate, Judo, Wrestling, and Muay Thai.
Boxing is often practiced in gyms or clubs. They wear protective equipment such as mouthpiece, nose guard, shin guards, elbow pads, knee pads, waist belt and groin protector. Professional boxing competitions include six rounds of four minutes each. There are many different types of professional Boxing such as Boxing, MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Thai or Taekwondo.
Olympic boxing can be seen at the Olympics. Special protective gear must be worn by boxers to ensure compliance with international standards. The competition lasts approximately three minutes for each round. Olympic boxing is limited to two styles: Light Flyweight and Heavyweight.
The basics of boxing are:
- Punching techniques
- Guarding techniques
- Movement of the body
There are seven types. Each punch is different. Some punches are more powerful than others. An example of this is an uppercut, which requires tremendous force. A straight punch on the other side requires less power, but is more effective than other punches.
There are also different combinations. These are combinations of punches which work together to achieve a goal. One combination can have many parts. A left hook followed with a right-cross will cause injury to the opponent’s jaw.
To defend himself from being attacked, a boxer uses his entire body. He does this using his legs and arms, elbows as well as hands, knees and feet.
To defend against kicks, a boxer should use his legs. He raises his leg when he is hit with a kick and then moves away from the opponent. To avoid being kicked on his side, he will bend his knees if the attack is from the front. However, if the attack comes from behind, he stands up straight and blocks the kick with his foot.
Elbow strikes are very effective because they inflict much pain. An elbow strike can be delivered directly or indirectly. Directly refers to hitting your opponent with the forearm, while indirect means you hit him using another part of your arms.
Boxers use their arms to stop incoming blows. To do so, they raise their fists above their head and move them towards the direction of the attack. They then make contact with their attacker’s fist.
To absorb the impact of a punch to the stomach, abdomen, or chest, boxers should bend their knees. A lot of boxers use knee strikes to defend themselves.
A boxer should take control of an attack and respond with counter-attacks. He can then gain distance from his opponent. Also, boxers must maintain their balance while delivering counter-attacks.
Boxing is only possible if a boxer has a clear stance. How he defends his self will depend on how he stances. It determines where he will face his opponent and how he will position his body. Boxers have many options for stances. Here are some of the more popular ones:
- Low stance
- High stance
- Southpaw stance
- Western stance
Move your body
Boxers must maneuver around their opponent to win fights. This means changing your speed, position and rhythm.
To increase his punching power, a boxer rotates when he throws a punch. The rotation is done at different speeds depending on the type of punch.
The effectiveness of a combination depends on the timing of each individual punch. A combination that works well starts with strong punches and ends with weak ones is a winning combination.
Sparring is a practice session designed to improve boxing skills . Boxers learn to train their mind and bodies during sparring sessions. Sparring, in conclusion, is about learning how to fight and not getting hurt.
To sum it all, boxing requires patience and dedication. You need to train hard and long in order to become a better boxer.