“Iron Mike” Tyson is back. With his recently completed exhibition fight against Roy Jones, Jr. in his rearview mirror, it seems as if Tyson’s poised to do more fighting. The one thing he’s done fighting however is his past and he’s shared on how he still feels a bit guilty over 2pac’s passing – because Tyson had invited him out that evening but didn’t end up hanging with the musician.
Following reports that Tyson was ready to get back in the ring, he was offered big money by such outfits like the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, to the tune of $20 million dollars.
“We’re not successful yet in making that Mike thing happen. But I don’t think the door’s shut,” BKFC President David Feldman said. “He [didn’t] say no immediately. But I think there’s room there.”
Also reported were that Evander Holyfield was down for a rumble in the ring with Tyson, who Tyson famously bit on the ear back in 1997.
Tyson and Jones, Jr. ended up agreeing to spar with each other in an exhibition boxing match.
According to the California State Athletic Commission, who released the official purse amounts, both Tyson and Jones, Jr. made a cool $1 million dollars for their efforts.
Earlier in the pandemic, 2pac’s name and passing came up again when rapper Snoop Dogg, part of the original “West Coast vs. East Coast” beef that was also blamed for taking 2pac’s life, told a story about when he visited rapper Biggie Smalls after the West Coast rapper had passed.
“[Lil] Cease takes me upstairs, Biggie is upstairs in a walker — like what the old people walk around in,” Snoop shared. “He got the little walker sitting at the edge of the bed. And when I walk in the room, we started talking. And then he looked me in my eyes. He said something that — he’s sad that Tupac is [gone], but I can look in his eyes and I could see that he hurt. He didn’t even have to say it. I could see that he hurt behind 2Pac being dead.”
“This is not a man that’s happy or glamorized,” he continued, speaking on Biggie’s mood. “This is his friend that’s [gone]. They had a misunderstanding, and he could never get justice for his emotions. He’s showing me his emotions. He explained to me how much he loved 2Pac.”
Sitting with DJ Vlad recently, Tyson talked about his own guilt about that fateful night in Las Vegas, when 2pac was leaving one of Tyson’s fights and lost his life.
“I feel a little guilty about him coming to the fight and me pressuring him […] I was supposed to go out with him that night. I promised to go to the 662 with him that night but I just had a little baby, and her mother was provoking me to stay home so I stayed home,” Tyson explained. “I know who I am, I know what my element’s about. This is just what happens in my world. That was part of my world. Just because it was 2Pac and I was attached to it, it was different.”
See the interview below.