Monday, July 22, 2013
Iron Mike picks Mayweather
By Dan Rafael
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson, a regular at ringside for major fights, is looking forward -- like most boxing fans -- to the showdown between pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez, who will meet to unify junior middleweight titles on Sept. 14 (Showtime PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"I think that's going to be a super fight," Tyson said in an interview with ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights." "It's going to be an interesting fight, because I watch Canelo fight and he's improving with every fight. I'm interested to see how he deals with the complexity of Floyd Mayweather, who's a real strategist and a master fighter."
So who does Tyson, now getting into the promotional business with his Iron Mike Productions, like to win the big fight?
"It's gonna be tough, it's gonna be tough," Tyson said. "I gotta go towards Floyd a little bit. It's gonna be tough, because we don't know because Floyd is older. This guy is gonna hit him, but it's just difficult to bet against Floyd if you're really honest with yourself. It's really difficult to bet against him because he's been so superior over all of the fighters during the duration of his career."
Tyson ranks Mayweather as the best fighter of his era, regardless of what happens on Sept. 14.
"First off, you have to admit that he's the best of his time," Tyson said. "The best of his generation. He beat everybody in three, seven divisions, regardless. I'm not familiar with how many, but he's conquered a mountain of divisions. You have to rank him the best fighter of the generation, at least."
In case Iron Mike is reading this, Mayweather has won world titles in five different weight classes, from junior lightweight to junior middleweight.