Mike Tyson Thinks Naoya Inoue Is “Better Than Manny Pacquiao” 

Published 10/29/2021, 12:18 PM EDT


There’s no real way to determine what Mike Tyson ever plans on talking about on his podcast.

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In a recent ‘Hotboxin’ session with ‘Action’ Bronson, Tyson went from laughing and ranting about domesticating pet tigers at home to revealing the name of a real “monster” in the boxing world.

The youngest heavyweight champion believes 28-year-old Naoya Inoue is the new face of the bantamweight division. Mike Tyson also made a bold claim that the champion from Japan is better than ‘The People’s Champ’, Manny Pacquiao.

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He’s a mean son of a b***h, oh you’re gonna see this bad motherf****r, he’s better than Manny Pacquiao, just as good.

“He’s vicious, the monster. That’s a badass guy he beat too, broke him. He beat him too easy, he’s a monster, f***ing monster, he’s a mean little s**t,” said Mike Tyson.

Inoue is currently on the verge of becoming the next big thing in boxing. He first captured the world’s attention with a knockout win over Emmanuel Rodriguez and then shocked fans with a unanimous decision win over a veteran of the sport, Nonito Donaire.

Can Naoya Inoue prove Mike Tyson right?

Fans last saw Naoya Inoue defend his WBA (Super) and IBF belts against Michael Dasmarinas in June. He ended his last bout with a mean knockout; now, the boxing community is looking forward to seeing the ‘Monster’ jump back in action.

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Now, it seems he finally has a new fight at hand. Inoue’s gym recently announced that the bantamweight world champion will take on the IBF’s sixth-ranked challenger, Aran Dipaen (12-2-0) of Thailand, on December 14 in Tokyo.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 18: Naoya Inoue of Japan (blue shorts), celebrates as he knock down Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico (white shorts), during the WBSS Bantamweight Semi Final IBF World Championship fight at the Muhammad Ali Trophy Semi-Finals – World Boxing Super Series Fight Night at The SSE Hydro on May 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

While enjoying the thrill of at last bringing those things I can do to Japan, one by one I will prepare each aspect well,” Inoue said during an interview.

I’m really fired up. Going forward I want to study video of him and practice my countermeasures,” he later added.

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With a win over his next opponent, Inoue’s professional record could jump up to an even 22-0. Do you think he has what it takes to be even compared to the likes of Manny Pacquiao?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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