Floyd Mayweather has claimed credit for setting up the exhibition for Mike Tyson’s return to the ring with Roy Jones Jr.
Last week, it was announced that Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight champion, would make his comeback to boxing at 54-years-old to fight Jones Jr in an eight-round bout in Los Angeles.
Despite the fights being unrelated, Mayweather cited his 2018 New Year’s Eve multi-million pay day fight against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa as paving the way for huge exhibition bouts.
‘I think that we seem to forget about who’s the pioneer about making exhibition bouts huge,’ Mayweather told Fat Joe on Fight Hub TV.
Tyson had been teasing his return to the ring for months, posting several videos of some intense training during the lockdown enforced by the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Iron Mike’ has not fought since his stoppage against Kevin McBride back in 2005. Meanwhile, his opponent Jones Jr, while being only three years younger, only retired from the sport two-years-ago.
Jones Jr was last in action in February 2018 when he beat Scott Sigmon by points decision over 10 rounds in Pensacola, Florida.
After taking credit, Mayweather sat on the fence when asked to make a prediction but wished both fighters the best.
‘I mean, I think it’s going to be very interesting, you know? I’m not here to say Tyson’s going to win, I’m not here to say Roy’s going to win,’ he said.
‘And I’m pretty sure it’s going to be entertaining. I’m pretty sure I’m going to watch it, absolutely.
‘I don’t think I can go because I don’t think there’s going to be an audience at that particular time, but may the best man win.’