Mike Tyson weighs in on how the Mayweather/McGregor fight went down
Iron Mike Tyson was once the self-proclaimed ‘baddest man on the planet’, thought to be capable of finishing any man who stood in front of him. He was regarded as the scariest fighter alive, and reigned supreme through the late 80’s and the 90’s, in a time when boxing was the pinnacle of combat sports.
Since that time MMA has burst onto the scene, and has rapidly begun to challenge, and even overtake, boxing, for both viewers and prestige. Many in the boxing community have decried this new style of fighting, viewing it as unskilled, barbaric and more akin to street fighting than a professional sport. Tyson, however, is no stranger to street fighting, or indeed to unskilled and barbaric behavior, and has proven to be an interested observer of the new sport, becoming a personal friend of UFC president Dana White, and frequently being seen at MMA events.
In this clip, ‘kid dynamite’ talks to Jimmy Kimmel and gives his thoughts on the recent spectacle that was Mayweather//McGregor, expressing admiration for the Irishman’s skills, saying he was ‘impressed by how well he fought’ and that he ‘had a great time’ at the fight. He also jokes about his own infamous ear-biting incident and seeing celebrities at his own fights.
Tyson’s attitude stands in stark contrast to other boxing celebrities like Oscar De La Hoya and Bob Arum who have repeatedly slammed the contest as a farce, a mismatch, and a disgrace to the sport. One notable difference between Mike Tyson and the other two is that Mike has no financial ties to the sport, and is not involved in any promotional capacity with boxing.
This lack of bias may allow Mike to give the only really honest appraisal of the event, and give McGregor some overdue respect from the boxing world.