According to USA Today, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson says Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao should be thrown in jail for refusing to make the highly anticipated “Fight of the Century” happen.
Tyson was speaking on WXYZ in Detroit, Mich.:
Listen if I was president I would throw them in jail if they didn't fight. I'd have them arrested. You can't do that but that's what I would try to do. I'd be like, 'These guys need to get locked up and find a new profession until they get their heads clear.'
For several years, the boxing world has waited on tenterhooks for just a glimmer of hope that two of pugilism’s pound-for-pound exponents will one day share the same ring and lay to rest once and for all the argument of who holds sway over boxing’s elite practitioners.
Time and again, negotiations between the two camps have broken down, and time and again, boxing’s faithful have been left wondering whether the superfight will ever transpire.
As things stand, no one is any wiser—Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) is scheduled to face off against WBA super welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto on Cinco de Mayo.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) has a date with Timothy Bradley on June 9, when he defends his WBO welterweight crown for a fourth time.
However, Tyson could get his wish of sorts—on June 1, “Money” is set to start a 90-day spell in a Las Vegas jail on account of a domestic violence charge, whilst “Pac-Man” could face incarceration in a Filipino prison for alleged tax discrepancies.
Tyson, who himself spent three years in jail following a 1992 rape conviction, was posed with a question as to whether he’d alter one thing from his oftentimes turbulent life. His response? Vintage Tyson:
Oh no I don't want anything to change. If anything changed and my ego got any bigger and inflamed I'd probably be dead or something so everything turned out the right way. I became humble because this is what I had to learn, if you're not humble in this world, the world will thrust humbleness upon you.
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