Mike Tyson struggled to watch the Mayweather-McGregor fight because of LeBron James
At the end of August, fight aficionados around the world were witness to one of the fights of the decade, if not the century so far.
The UFC champion Conor McGregor made the unprecedented switch to boxing, but was snuffed out on his debut in the 10th round by the returning Floyd Mayweather, who came out of retirement to TKO McGregor for his 50th straight boxing victory, consolidating his status as one of the best ever.
In terms of spectacle, McGregor-Mayweather was perhaps a little underwhelming, but it was definitely an improvement on Mayweather's previous big fight in 2015 against Manny Pacquiao, and for the boxing experts, there was plenty to pore over and analyse at the T-Mobile Arena.
With a record of 50 wins in 58 matches, Mike Tyson counts as one of those experts, but despite having a ticket to watch the fight in person, he won't be able to give us any meaningful analysis on McGregor-Mayweather. That's all because of another famous spectator standing in front of the five-foot, 10-inch former boxer: LeBron James.
LeBron James, as we all know, is perhaps the biggest name in basketball at the moment, and has a significant chance of usurping Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time. Standing at six feet and eight inches, he was also comfortably one of the biggest people in the T-Mobile Arena on August 26, and it was Mike Tyson's rotten luck that he happened to be seated behind the basketball star.
Appearing on the radio station Shade 45, Mike Tyson was perhaps expected to give his two cents on McGregor-Mayweather, but he revealed that he was completely unable to do that, thanks to LeBron James' massive frame.
"He’s around 10 foot tall, so when he stood up, I looked up at the fight [on the videoboard] on the ceiling. They had the little tubes on the ceiling. I watched it on the ceiling. I was like, 'God, this guy’s tall.'"
Although I would imagine that James isn't quite tall enough to completely obscure Tyson's view of the fight, the inconvenience of having to peer around the basketball star must have been incredibly distracting and time-consuming, and it doesn't surprise me one bit that James ruined the boxing match for him.
That being said, Tyson said he did enjoy the fight (or what he saw of it), and believed he got his money's worth after all the buildup and hype. Mike Tyson was asked about perhaps following in the footsteps of Floyd Mayweather and coming out of retirement to perhaps compete at MMA, but Tyson quickly rubbished that idea.
"I don't wanna do that no more, I'm not even the same person no more...you gotta be a certain kind of person for that."
While the animated show Mike Tyson Mysteries means we can still have a solid fix of the former boxer in our lives, it's very likely we won't see Mike Tyson again in the ring. Tyson's record sets him out as one of boxing's greats, and I hope that he'll forgive LeBron James for obscuring his view of another boxing great in action.