When Mike Tyson talks, people listen. The iconic boxer has never been afraid to share his opinion on any given matter, and though he’s certainly has a number of ridiculous soundbytes attached to his name, he also has an equal number of intelligent insights to his credit on the sport and life in general.
Recently Tyson weighed in on the ongoing saga between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, two of the world’s top fighters who are relatively close in weight yet cannot work out the business end of a bout. Among the things thus far preventing boxing’s most anticipated pairing have been a failure to agree on drug testing procedures and the way the revenue would be divided up.
However, as grim as the match-up being made has looked, Tyson remains hopeful the polished pugilists will come to an agreement in the near future.
“Absolutely, I’m interested in seeing two equally competitive fighters fight, That’s going to be a fight, not no blowout,” began Tyson on the topic while joining ESPN Radio’s Waddle and Silvy Show as a guest. “I believe they’re going to have a fight at some time. If they don’t fight, that’s the question mark of their era. What happened?”
While many fans have taken Mayweather Jr. to task over seemingly being at fault for the delay in a dance with Pacquiao, Tyson has no problem with anything the controversial scrapper has done thus far and respects his right to play by his own rules when it comes to picking opponents.
“I think he’s awesome,” said the 45-year old of Mayweather. “He’s just a young guy, caught up in…this is a serious, vicious system that we’re in, this boxing business. And it’s just tough.”
Up next for Tyson, who has no plans to return to the ring, is a new career where he’ll do his best to entertain fans in an arena other than the one where he made a name for himself, hosting a variety show in Las Vegas.