Iron Mike Tyson may not be boxing’s “Baddest Man on the Planet” anymore, but he isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to calling out Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
In anticipation for the “Fight of the Century” between the undefeated champ and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, everyone is placing their bets — and although Mayweather is the slight favorite, Tyson is rooting for Pac-Man.
When the Undisputed Champion Network caught Tyson in Vegas this week, they asked him if he had any predictions. Tyson responded by saying, “I don’t know — at first I took Pacquiao and then, you know, it’s going to be interesting. I know it’s going to be a good fight no matter who wins. Both guys are going to be up for this fight and I think it’s going to be a knockout.”
But when asked about Mayweather’s assertion that he may be better than Muhammad Ali, Tyson evacuated his neutral stance. He called out Mayweather for his lifestyle choices and said that greatness in the ring isn’t the only quality that makes a G.O.A.T.
“He’s very delusional,” Tyson explained. “Listen, if he was anywhere near that realm of greatness with Ali he’d be able to take his kids to school by himself. He can’t take his kids to school by himself, and he’s talking about he’s great? Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people, greatness is being accepted by the people. He can’t take his kids alone to school.”
He then landed one final shot: “He is a scared man — a small, scared man.”
Tyson was right when he predicted that knockout.