During an interview with SiriusXM (via USA Today), boxing Hall of Famer and former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson sat down and gave his thoughts on the potential superfight between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and boxing icon Floyd Mayweather.
Tyson, unlike others, does not feel that this potential bout could be a laughing stock. Another boxing legend, Oscar de la Hoya, recently claimed that this superfight would be a "circus" and tarnish the sport.
Tyson, however, says it is foolish for the UFC star to try to keep up with Mayweather’s boxing. Tyson feels it would be more intriguing to see Mayweather try MMA out, but if it’s going to be a boxing bout, he gives McGregor no shot at a win.
"I don’t believe it can ruin boxing at all," Tyson said. "Only way it can ruin boxing is if McGregor goes and boxes Floyd because he’s going to look really ridiculous boxing him. But if he goes in there with the UFC stuff, now this could be pretty interesting."
Tyson, however, feels that either way, the bout will surely draw millions of dollars because "people will pay for anything."
While this superfight would be the first time an MMA star attempted to compete in a boxing ring, former boxing champion James Toney did try his hand at MMA once. At UFC 118 in late August 2010, Toney took on UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Couture took Toney down to the ground 15 seconds into the fight, and that’s where the bout remained. Less than four minutes in, and Couture choked Toney out for the win.