Mike Tyson has at all times been a boxing historian and, all through his rollercoaster of a profession, has paid tribute to the good champions who preceded him.
Even now, in retirement when he has taken his place amongst these legends, ‘Iron Mike’ nonetheless seems irked at any time when the icons of the game are disrespected.
Following the completion of his profession, Floyd Mayweather proclaimed himself to be ‘TBE’ – The Greatest Ever.
He made this daring declare based mostly on the truth that he retired undefeated with an ideal document of 50-0, surpassing that of former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano who give up the game at 49-0.
Mike, 54, doesn’t agree with the logic of Mayweather, who’s about to show 44.
Talking on his Hotboxin’ podcast again in 2019, Tyson mentioned: “Floyd’s an incredible fighter, don’t get me improper. He had 50 fights.
“Pay attention, Sugar Ray Robinson had 40 fights. He misplaced one, then he had a 78-fight successful streak.
“Forty, misplaced one, then a 78-fight successful streak, goddamn.
“[Julio Cesar Chavez Sr] was 89-Zero earlier than he misplaced.
“Don’t inform me about, ‘You’re the best fighter,’ with 50-0.
“You’re nice, little question about it, however 50-0? Chavez had 90.
“He was combating like, what? Eight instances a 12 months? Towards whoever was within the rankings.
“He wasn’t selecting, it was, ‘Whoever you need, come on.’”
Mayweather was just lately additionally crushed by WBC strawweight champion Wanheng Menayothin, nonetheless he’s now been crushed and is 54-1.
The retired legends now make cash from exhibitions, with Tyson combating Roy Jones Jr final 12 months and Mayweather selecting up $9m for sharing the ring with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
He’s additionally on account of combat YouTuber Logan Paul this 12 months, although their proposed February date has already been pushed again.