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Mike Tyson Predicts How A Super-Fight With Him And Floyd Mayweather Would Play Out

Mike Tyson Predicts How A Super-Fight With Him And Floyd Mayweather Would Play Out

Mike Tyson praised Floyd Mayweather's "masterful" in-ring ability in 2013 and said that he would have to be 'mean and dirty' in a bout with him.

Speaking after Mayweather's victory over Canelo Alvarez, the boxing legend said that it is "really hard to beat" the 43-year-old undefeated American in a fight.

"It's just so hard to beat him," 'Iron' Mike told the Wall Street Journal.

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"I don't care. It's really hard to beat him.

"The style he deploys -- it's really difficult to beat him in that particular style.

"I don't care. Love him or hate him, he's a hard man to beat."

When the former undisputed heavyweight champ was asked how he would handle Mayweather in the ring, he responded: "Well, I would fight him differently.

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"I would fight a guy like Floyd differently if he was a heavyweight.

"We can never fight, of course, because of the weight difference, but I wouldn't fight him the way they fought him [...].

"I would be mean, I would be dirty. Because you'd have to do everything to fight him because he's just so good. You can't... it's almost impossible to fight him clean.

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"It's almost impossible to fight him clean. You can't fight him clean. You can't fight this guy clean.

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"That's a credit for how masterful he is. You have to be dirty, you got to be rough, you have to use the elbows, head, bend it up -- you have to use everything.

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"As far as his style is concerned, this guy is a master fighter when it comes to that style of fighting. It's almost impossible to beat him. Look, he's almost 40 years old [or] 37 -- how old is he? [Presenter: (Mayweather's) 36.]

"And he's boxing better than he did when he was 26."

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While Tyson praised him in the 2013 interview, the 'Baddest Man on the Planet' has since had a heated rivalry with 'Money.'

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The 54-year-old boxing legend slammed Mayweather when he made a bold claim that he was better than the legendary Muhammad Ali.

The two former boxers also had an interesting exchange in 2015 when Tyson pretended to throw one of his famous rights at Mayweather.

And Mayweather, who retired with an undefeated record of 50-0, didn't even flinch at the prospect of being on the end of a Tyson shot.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Wall Street Journal

Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Baddest Man on the Planet, Boxing, Money, Iron Mike, Floyd Mayweather

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