Years After Mike Tyson Failed to Scare Floyd Mayweather, Resurfaced Photo and Past Comments Still Remains a Trigger Among Boxing Fans

Published 05/22/2023, 2:31 PM EDT

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In a world where every punch and jab is a potential headline, a captivating photograph of Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather resurfaced on the Le retour de Boxe Anglaise Facebook page. The photo captures an unforgettable moment where Tyson, in a jesting manner, threw a fake punch at Mayweather, attempting to scare him. This moment has since become a notable event in the annals of boxing history, representing the intensity and rivalry that the sport so often invokes.

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The photo, though intriguing, isn’t the entire story. What adds fuel to the fire is the inclusion of Tyson’s sharp criticisms of Mayweather from a different interview. The post was captioned with Tyson’s defiant words: “Don’t tell me you’re the greatest fighter with 50-0. You’re awesome, no doubt about it, but 50-0? Julio Cesar Chavez had 90. How many times a year did he fight? Eight times a year? Against anyone in the rankings. He was not picking. It was ‘you want to fight, go GOOOOOO.'” The echoes of these past events, though originating from different times, still have the power to stir the pot and rekindle the fiery debate about boxing’s greatest fighters.

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This evocative Facebook post takes us down memory lane, fanning the embers of a fiery debate. The photograph, a historic snap from a time when Tyson feigned a punch at Mayweather, has been paired with incendiary quotes from Tyson’s separate interview. The stark criticism of Mayweather’s undefeated record sent ripples through the boxing fandom, eliciting a broad spectrum of responses.

A follower of the page appeared to be in agreement with Tyson’s argument, lamenting Mayweather’s infrequent fights. His comment read, “He’s absolutely right, Floyd fights 1 fight a year, even after 2 years.”

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An user championed Julio Cesar Chavez in response to Tyson’s comparison, stating, “Julio César-chavez the greatest fighter of all time Julio César-chavez 90/0 no debate.” It was clear that he holds Chavez’s impressive record in high regard.

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Other followers lent their voices to the growing consensus, commenting succinctly with “Exactly” and “True,” showing their agreement with Tyson’s perspective.

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In contrast, one user presented a nostalgic view, with the hint of a longing for what he referred to as the “last great era of English boxing.” He commented, “Well, yeah! Mike has a point! And speaking of the Emperor, he reminds us of the last great era of English boxing… I won’t give an exact date, it wouldn’t make sense, but I think many of us will get what I mean.”

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This diverse mix of responses paints a vivid picture of the myriad perspectives within the boxing community and reemphasizes the debate surrounding Mayweather’s standing in boxing history.

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Mrinal Mishra

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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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