'President Tyson' would jail Pacman, Floyd
MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion “Iron” Mike Tyson said Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. should be locked up in jail for not making the superfight.
Tyson, who dominated the heavyweight division in the late 1980s, said that if he was president, he will force both boxers to fight by throwing them in jail.
“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,” said the former knockout artist in Sports Radio Interviews.
Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, holds the distinction of being the youngest boxer ever to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. He won 50 out of his 58 career fights. Forty-four of his victories came by way of stoppage.
He was a terror in the heavyweight ranks, knocking out the likes of Michael Spinks, Donovan "Razor" Ruddock and fellow legend Larry Holmes.
Following his first career loss to Buster Douglas in 1990, he was jailed for the rape of 18-year-old Desiree Washington. He was later released on parole in 1995.
Tyson then mounted a successful comeback, but suffered crucial losses to Evander Holyfield. Five years later, he lost by knockout to Lennox Lewis.
He eventually retired from boxing after being halted by Kevin McBride in six rounds.
Although he mellowed down through the years, Tyson never lost his love for boxing.
Which is why he is frustrated that Pacquiao and Mayweather couldn’t agree to fight in the ring.
“These guys need to get locked up and find a new profession until they get their heads clear,” said Tyson.