The recent fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. surpassed expectations in terms of quality and pay-per-view (PPV) buys. With 1.2 million PPV purchases, it was the second-biggest event of the year. Given that success and the 54-year-old Tyson's willingness to continue fighting, here are five more potential bouts for him, provided Snoop Dogg does the commentary.
5. Vitali Klitschko
At first glance, one would want Tyson to face Vitali's brother Wladimir, but he is 10 years younger than Iron Mike and last fought in 2017. The elder Klitschko is 49 and last fought seven years ago. Then again, he may be too busy serving in his current role as mayor of Kyiv in his native Ukraine.
4. Bernard Hopkins
Boxing's grand old man has indicated that he would come out of retirement to face Roy Jones Jr. in a rubber match. Maybe he'll want to face Tyson too.
3. Kevin McBride
Tyson's last professional fight was a losing effort to McBride in 2005, when he quit after the sixth round. He retired after the bout, saying, "I'm not going to disrespect the sport anymore by losing to this caliber of fighter." A rematch would allow him to show the sport a little more respect and McBride would likely welcome the big payday.
2. David Tua
Having two of the most powerful punchers in boxing history fac off when they also happen to be the same height with a similar reach would generate a lot of pay-per-view buys.
1. Evander Holyfield
The rematch between these two ended with Tyson being disqualified because of the infamous ear-biting incident. A third match could potentially allow things to end on a more positive note. Plus, Holyfield is up for it and says it is likely going to happen.
— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.
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