Mike Tyson retired on his stool after Round 6 vs. Kevin McBride. "Iron" Mike was 38, and rightly said, "I don't have that ferocity, I'm not an animal anymore." That was in 2005.
Tyson is now 53, and wants to participate in exhibition bouts. There is a long line of people who would like to accommodate him, including Evander Holyfield, who would hopefully not bite him back in the trilogy bout. However, during a recent appearance on Sportsnet's "Tim & Sid" show, UFC president Dana White explained rightly that Tyson fighting again is not a good idea.
“I love Mike Tyson," said White as transcribed by DAZN News. "I love the guy. He was one of my guys that I looked up to growing up. I’ve always been a huge fan of his and all that stuff, and he and I have become very good friends.
"And I’m begging him not to go fight. I’m begging him. I said, ‘You look awesome, you’re still explosive, you’re obviously still powerful, you’re one of the all-time greats ... Mike, you’re 53. Please don’t do it.’ We’ll see what happens.”
“He absolutely wants to do something. I don’t know what he’s gonna do, but he absolutely wants to do something. Bottom line is, I don’t want Mike to fight, and if it comes down to where he’s about to do something crazy, I might have to jump in and, I don’t know, figure out something for him not to do it.”