Mike Tyson has been hinting around that he wants to make a boxing comeback, and the former heavyweight champion appears to have an official challenge from Jon Jones.
Jones has recently been at odds with the UFC and president Dana White over his and other fighters’ pay scales. Jones recently wanted to move up to the heavyweight division to fight Francis Ngannou, but he said UFC would not give him an increase in pay to take a more risky fight. White said Jones was looking for “Deontay Wilder money,” which is a reference to the boxer making more than $20 million for his fights. Jones fired back by saying he was not looking for that much but that UFC fighters have always been underpaid relative to the money pay-per-views generate.
Fast-forward to Friday night, when Tyson spoke with Charlie Mack about how UFC fighters will never make as much as top boxers despite UFC having higher ratings and more viewership. Tyson said Jones would have to fight him if the lightweight champ wants to make “super-money,” and Iron Mike did not seem like he was joking.
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Jones is open to it, or so he says. The 32-year-old took to social media on Saturday to tell Tyson he is “listening.” Jones said he’s willing to fight Tyson in the boxing ring if Tyson will give him a “real fight in the octagon afterwords.” One follower suggested Jones give Dominick Reyes a rematch, but Jones replied that he wants real money and has been “beating no names for years.”
Conor McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match, so we know better than to rule anything out when hundreds of millions of dollars are on the line. A fight between Tyson and Jones would draw the same — if not more — attention.
Josie Harris, the ex-girlfriend of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mother of three of the boxing champion’s children, was found dead at the age of 40 back in March. It has since been determined that she died of a drug overdose.
According to records obtained by The Blast, the Los Angeles Medical Examiner-Coroner has listed the cause of Harris’ death as an accidental overdose caused by a mix of fentanyl and alprazolam, which is an anxiety medication.
Harris was found unresponsive in her car outside her home in Valencia, Calif. Police said one of her children found her in front of the property. There was no suicide note and no evidence of drug use at the scene.
Harris and Mayweather had a long and tumultuous history with one another. Harris accused Mayweather of beating her on multiple occasions, and a 2010 incident led to a 90-day jail sentence for Mayweather. Harris also accused Mayweather of assaulting her in 2005, but she later dropped the charges and admitted she was lying.
Mayweather and Harris were scheduled to go to court later this year stemming from a $20 million lawsuit Harris filed against Floyd. The lawsuit stemmed from Mayweather denying in an interview with Katie Couric that he beat Harris in 2010, claiming he only tried to restrain Harris and that she was on drugs. The story Mayweather told in the interview was much different from what the police report from the incident stated.
“As far as I know, we never talked about politics,” Pacquiao told The Manila Times. “The last time we talked on Zoom, Bob discussed possible fight schedules, but never about politics. Our discussion was all about boxing.”
Pacquiao also turned the focus of the conversation towards unity.
“This is not the time for politics. The country has so much problems, what we need is unity and cooperation in order to mitigate the difficulties of our countrymen,” he said, according to a translation.
If Arum says Pacquiao talked about being president, but Pacquiao is denying that, what is the truth? It’s likely Pacquiao told Arum that in confidence, and Arum said something Pacquiao did not intend to go public. That explanation seems to align with Pacquiao saying the focus should be on unifying the country.
Anthony Joshua is dealing with a knee injury that will prevent him from training for at least a month.
The Athletic’s boxing reporter Mike Coppinger shared on Saturday that Joshua, who was seen at a protest with a brace on his knee, suffered a knee injury while training. The injury will prevent him from training for 4-6 weeks.
Joshua is still expected to face Kubrat Pulev in November, according to Coppinger.
The 30-year-old began his pro boxing career with a 22-0 record before losing to Andy Ruiz Jr. in shocking fashion last June. Joshua avenged that loss in December and has not fought since then. Boxing fans would love to see him get in the mix fighting Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, who have fought each other twice. The three are regarded as the top heavyweight fighters in the world.
“The first president I think we’ll get as a fighter is little Manny Pacquiao, who told me, once again. I did a Zoom telephone call with him, ‘Bob, I’m gonna run in 2022 and, when I win, I want you there at my inauguration,'” Arum says Pacquiao told him.
Pacquiao, 41, is 62–7–2 in his pro boxing career. He has fought three times since 2019 and won all three. He is immensely popular in his home country, so it might not be a big surprise to see him win the high office when the time comes.