The boxing legend and the self-described ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ Mike Tyson had been rumored to make his in-ring return to face YouTuber-turned-pro-boxer Jake Paul. However, ‘Iron Mike’ recently demanded an offer of $1billion to lure him back into the boxing ring and also snubbed the rumors of facing Paul.
Mike Tyson demands a huge paycheck
The legendary heavyweight made a comeback to the ring against Roy Jones Jr in 2020. This marked his first bout in 15 years after he retired. Reports later indicated that he had agreed to face Paul in an exhibition clash in Las Vegas.
However, Tyson has since insisted he has no knowledge of any deal and admitted it would be “expensive” if fans want him to return to the ring.
Here is what Tyson said on his podcast:
“Nobody told me that. Hey, I ain’t got no f***ing money. So where’s the f***ing contract. I ain’t know nothing about it.”
“I was with him in St Barts not too long ago partying and he never told me this. I’ve never heard this from anybody, I’ve just heard this from you guys. We got to get some more man s***, blue-eyed, blonde hair, that s*** is very expensive, we need to get some more money, man. A billion bucks.”
Tyson had previously announced that he was back in training to make a ring return in February this year. However, the return failed to materialize as he suggested his fight against Jones Jr may have been his last. Reports later indicated that he had agreed to face Paul but both men later dismissed the idea. We will have to see if we could see Tyson back in the ring.
During an appearance on ‘In Depth’ With Graham Bensinger late last year, famed basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal exclaimed how he once spent six-hundred thousand dollars in a single day to ‘keep up’ with Mike Tyson. Credit to The Sports Rush for the below quote.
“One time, me and Tyson were in the Rolls-Royce dealership and Tyson bought three. And I wasn’t gonna buy three, but I wasn’t gonna let him outdo me. So I bought two. Six hundred thousand going down the drain. I had it, but Lester called me like ‘hey, gotta stop this’ so.”