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“He Is Damaged”: Mike Tyson Has Some Tough Words for Floyd Mayweather

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Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather are both officially retired from boxing, but both have continued to fight anyway, though the ascendant and very lucrative world of exhibition bouts.

Mayweather recently fought YouTuber Logan Paul, while Tyson got in the ring late last year with Roy Jones, Jr., with more such flights planned.

Tyson was seen on video congratulating Paul for his performance against Mayweather, and now Tyson has some critical words for Mayweather.

On his Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson podcast this week, Tyson unloaded on Mayweather.

“You see, Floyd [Mayweather], he is damaged,” Give me Sport quoted Tyson as saying. “He is damaged. He wants to come back and fight. You see, that’s what that do.. I came back, that’s not right. It f—- you up. It is damaged…

“Listen, I didn’t feel that way, I never wanted to do this s— again, and I don’t know what it is, I wish I could, but I’m just taking advantage of what this game is, you get me?”

Tyson also discussed plans of a “Legends League,” in which he and other fighters of the past will take on each other. The ex-champ also made clear that he is interested in fighting both Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield again, this year. He also hinted that he will retire, officially, after that.

“If I do that – even if I can get those two guys, I’ll say; ‘This is a wrap, I’m just gonna live life,” Tyson said. “And that’s just exhibitions. I’m gonna break all my professional true records with exhibitions.”

The podcast comments followed some other shots Tyson took at Mayweather in another interview that he doesn’t consider Mayweather to be “the best ever,” which Mayweather has declared in the past.

“He’s very delusional,” Tyson told World Boxing News in that interview. “Listen, if he were anywhere near that realm of great as Muhammad Ali, he’d be able to take his kids to school by himself,” Tyson said of Mayweather. “OK, he can’t take his kids to school by himself, and he’s talking about he’s great?… Greatness is not guarding yourself against the people. The people are accepting it… He can’t take his kids alone to school by himself. He’s a little scared, man. He’s a very small, scared man.”

In an interview back in 2019, Mayweather had stated that “Mike Tyson was one of the fighters who motivated me.”

Tyson had delcared back in April that he would be fighting Lewis in September, although it doesn’t appear that there has been any official announcement yet of that fight. Lewis and Tyson had fought in 2002, following Tyson’s prison term, and Lewis won the fight.

 Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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Stephen Silver is a journalist, essayist, and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review, and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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