Boxing is a scary sport, which is what makes it such an exhilarating watch.
Agile footwork, patience, knowing when to strike, knowing how to strike; it’s all part of a dance between the two people in the ring.
Few boxers mastered the dance in all its glory, while some stood out with their tenacity. Mohamed Ali and Mike Tyson are excellent examples of both sides of this coin.
As in all other sports, the debate between who is the greatest of all time has raged in boxing, with the aforementioned duo constantly pitted against each other.
When you have nicknames like âthe tallestâ and âbaddest man on the planet,â those comparisons escalate to a whole new level.
In a recent interview, however, Tyson explained the distinct difference between him and Ali.
âI always like to think of myself as a ****** bad mother. A vicious mother ******. But that’s where he (Ali) makes me shine because I can’t understand a man who is literally ready to die “, Tyson is quoted as saying by Boxing News and Views.
Tyson added that when he was in the ring himself he was talking about putting everything on the line, but Ali went further.
âHe’s the real deal. He will die for this shit. I’m not going to die for it.
âAli will fight you to the death. You have to kill him.
âIron Mikeâ has always proclaimed that he would be no match for Ali in the ring, but George Foreman disagreed.
In Fiaz Rafiq’s book “Muhammad Ali: The Life of a Legend”, the author claims that Foreman told him that Ali was not entirely convinced that he could have beaten the first Mike Tyson.
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Years and years of this debate have not brought boxing authorities closer to a conclusion. Same Floyd Mayweather had a thing or two to say about it, going so far as to say that while Ali could take a beating and was a pioneer in the sport, he himself should be recognized as the best in the world.
“If we judge fighters by taking less punishment and breaking records, then it’s (the greatest of all time) Floyd Mayweather,” he said in an interview with SportsCenter.
So there you go, guys. Who is the greatest of all time? Is it Ali? Is that Tyson? Is it 50-0 “Silver” Mayweather?
I guess we’ll never find out unless there’s a mind-boggling alternate timeline like in the hit Netflix show âDarkâ.