“Why Would You Say This?”: Mike Tyson Once Ripped Into Reporter for Negative PPV Remarks

Published 08/17/2022, 3:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: Former boxer Mike Tyson performs during his one-man show “Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage” at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on March 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

Boxing legend Mike Tyson did not always conduct himself with the utmost professionalism during media interviews. The former heavyweight champ gained a reputation for being brash and rude towards media personalities along with his opponents. In fact, there were even many instances where Tyson would call out reporters for asking questions that didn’t cater to him.

One such incident occurred when a reporter tried to insinuate that Tyson’s upcoming fight would not sell a lot on PPV.


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Tyson sounds off on a reporter

In the interview, the reporter asked Iron Mike whose idea it was to televise the fight on cable instead of PPV. Tyson responded by stating that it was his and Don King’s idea and went on to shut down the reporter for his rude remarks.

He claimed he was the best fighter on the planet and no one could out-sell him.“There’s no one really you’re being smart Alec. No, I’m gonna tell you something, to be honest, forgive me for, there’s no one that can outsell me and there is no one that can compete against me in my field. When it comes to my field I’m the best, there’s no one that can even compete, so why would you say this? ” Tyson told the reporter.

He then added that he was not competing against a fighter like Evander Holyfield to justify it being on PPV. He also stated that if Holyfield were to fight the same day he fought, it would cost them dearly.

Bowe and Holyfield, I’m not competing against them. We are all gonna make a good living all three of us so there’s is no one to compete. When I fight the night they fight they’re gonna have financial problems they’re not gonna get any closer they’re not gonna get any foreign sale there’s no one to compete against me so there’s no way that it wouldn’t sell,” he added.


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How Mike Tyson has grown throughout the years


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It is no secret that Tyson came from a troubled background, which influenced his personality growing up. Although he was able to channel this into his boxing, it didn’t necessarily help him outside the ring. He earned a reputation for being rude and aggressive towards everybody with no one to keep him in check.

ATLANTIC CITY – AUGUST 17,1986: Mike Tyson looks to make his move against Jose Ribalta during a bout at Trump Plaza Hotel on August 17, 1986 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Mike Tyson defeated Jose Ribalta TKO 10. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)

However, Iron Mike has shown a lot of growth as a person and is currently one of the most beloved figures in boxing. His podcast Hotboxin’ is one of the most popular ones on YouTube, hosting a wide range of celebrities and athletes.


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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, and holds a keen interest in the 'sweet science'. His journey towards following boxing began when he first saw the highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager, and then closely followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather.

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