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Morning Report: Mike Tyson praises Conor McGregor’s boxing ability, McGregor vows to beat Floyd Mayweather in rematch

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Mike Tyson has been making headlines recently as the former heavyweight champion of the world has been releasing training footage (with MMA supercoach Rafael Cordeiro) that has already gotten him a lucrative offer with Bare Knuckle FC. Now he’s grabbing more headlines as Tyson had high praise to heap upon fellow pay-per-view darling Conor McGregor.

On the most recent episode of his Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast, Tyson had MMA heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou on the show. The talk inevitably turned towards crossover fights between boxing and MMA and Tyson quick to shut down claims that Conor McGregor’s brief foray into the squared circle was just a spectacle.

“Listen, (it was a spectacle) but this is where it’s not a spectacle - it’s a spectacle but this is where it’s not: he never really had a boxing match in his life, right? He didn’t have a boxing match (and) he went 10 rounds with the greatest fighter in the last 100 years of boxing,” Tyson said. “Think about that. . . He went 10 rounds, scored punches on the greatest fighter in the last 100 years. Did he do something? Did he accomplish something?

“People ain’t looking . . . but look what he had to fight against and look what he did when he fought against it. Imagine a guy never had a boxing match and he’s fighting boxing with me. He goes 10 rounds and he’s fighting me and we’re fighting. Imagine if he did (go 10 rounds) and we’re fighting and I’m doing my thing. That’s a bad motherf*cker. First fight, 10 rounds with the champ, the best champ in the last 50 years or something like that. Pfft, that’s the winner of the fight! That’s the winner. This should’ve been a one round, two round fight. Floyd should’ve took it easy, (but) he had to sweat, he had to fight him. He had to fight somebody who was throwing back.”

McGregor comported himself admirably against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in “The Money Fight” in 2017, losing by standing TKO at 1:05 of the 10th round. Since then, “Notorious” has been lobbying for a rematch with Mayweather, arguing that he was unprepared for the style Mayweather employed. Mayweather, for his part, has retired from active competition but apparently McGregor isn’t buying it as Conor responded to Tyson’s praise of him, thanking the former champion and promising to avenge his defeat in the future.

A rematch with Mayweather will have to wait for now though. McGregor is committed to reclaiming the UFC lightweight title this year. Should he accomplish that goal though, there will be no shortage of boxing offers for him.


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