Floyd Mayweather bizarrely claims credit for Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones fight

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Floyd Mayweather ducked making a prediction for Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Floyd Mayweather has attempted to claim some credit for the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr fight in September, saying he is the ‘pioneer of making exhibition bouts huge.’

Tyson and Jones Jr will box over eight rounds on 12 September in an exhibition contest between two legends of the sport.

54-year-old Tyson has been teasing a comeback for some time, last fighting professionally in 2005, and 51-year-old Captain Hook has stepped up to the plate.

Mayweather has nothing to do with putting the fight together or promoting it, but he reckons that the youngest ever heavyweight champion and the former four-weight world champ owe him a debt for being able to put on such a fight.

‘I think that we seem to forget about who’s the pioneer of making exhibition bouts huge,’ Mayweather told The Fat Joe Show.

‘Money’ amassed huge wealth as he compiled his impeccable 50-0 record, before seemingly retiring for good after beating Conor McGregor in August 2017.

However, he has managed to keep earning in the ring despite retiring, pocketing $9m for a three-round exhibition with Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa in December 2018, which ended with a knockout win for Mayweather in the first round.

An impressive feat, but Mayweather was certainly not the first to make substantial money from an exhibition bout.

The 43-year-old may back his money-making skills, but he wouldn’t go as far as making a prediction for the Tyson vs Jones Jr scrap, only guessing that it will be an entertaining affair.

‘I think it’s goign to be very interesting, I’m not here to say Tyson’s going to win or Roy’s going to win,’ Floyd continued.

‘I’m pretty sure it’s going to be entertaining, I’m pretty sure I’m going to watch it.

‘May the best man win.’

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