Evander Holyfield admits he wanted to bite Mike Tyson back

Referee Lane Mills (L) steps in as Evander Holyfield (R) reacts after Mike Tyson bit his ear in the third round of their WBA heavyweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV 28 June. AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES (Photo by JEFF HAYNES / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—Evander Holyfield’s second fight against Mike Tyson could’ve seen more bite marks if not for the wisdom of one of the cornermen.

Talking to Chris Mannix in Sports Illustrated’s Boxing podcast, Holyfield said he was about to retaliate when Tyson bit his ears in the third round of their infamous second bout on June 28, 1997.

Just when Holyfield was about to sink his own teeth on Tyson, one of his cornermen Tim Hallmark shouted at him to “keep my mind on the Lord.”

“He bit my ear, man, and I just remember how mad I was and how upset I was,” said Holyfield in the podcast. “And, you know, I realized that I was gonna bite him back. But [at] the point of me knowing that I was gonna bite him back, my corner guy named Tim Hallmark, because his papa had told us that in the match that this guy gonna do something to you and, you know, for me not to lose my cool and all that. He told me to keep my mind on the lord.”

Tyson first bit a chunk off Holyfield’s left ear prompting referee Mills Lane to momentarily put a stop to the action, but once the fighting resumed Iron Mike quickly gave another forceful nibble on the latter’s left one.

Sensing a retaliation coming, Hallmark then shouted at his fighter to be the better man.

“He kept calling and telling me, ‘keep your mind on the Lord.’ I didn’t wanna keep my mind

Read More

Shawn Porter prefers Pacquiao’s career over Mayweather’s

Floyd Mayweather Jr. exchange punches with Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout, May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINKSI (Photo by JOHN GURZINSKI / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will always be intertwined with one another as rivals and as two of the best fighters of their generation.

Their celebrated careers are often compared to despite their contrasting styles.

Mayweather has the advantage when it comes to record after he retired with an unblemished 50-0 mark, which includes a unanimous decision win over Pacquiao five years ago in their only meeting.

But even so, that didn’t stop former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter from choosing Pacquiao over Mayweather in response to a fan’s question during the third episode of Impact Network’s “Stars and Champions” show hosted by Dan Rafael.

“I’m actually gonna go with Manny,” Porter told Rafael when asked whose career between the two greats he would rather have. “I think that even though Manny has taken a lot of punishment – he’s been in a lot of wars, he’s been in a lot of exciting fights.”

“You know me, I like the war. I like the battle and I like the excitement. So, for those reasons, I would pick Manny. And then on top of that, if you look around the world more people appreciate Manny. More people respect and adore Manny than dislike him.”

The 32-year-old Porter, who relates more to Pacquiao’s “exciting” style rather than Mayweather’s methodical approach, also lauded the Filipino legend’s persona outside the ring.

“Even me as the boxer, because just like when I get in the ring and I get people up on their feet, that’s what Manny

Read More

Danny Garcia wants no excuses from potential foes Pacquiao, Spence

Danny Garcia is awarded victory by unanimous decision against Ivan Redkach in during their WBC silver world welterweight title eliminator at Barclays Center on January 25, 2020 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — Two-division champion Danny Garcia wants no less than the big names in the welterweight division for his next fight.

What he doesn’t want, though, is to hear any excuses from his potential foe, whom he expects to be either of the two champions in Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), the WBA (Super) champion, turns 42 this year while Spence (26-0, 21 KOs), the IBF and WBC titleholder, is still trying to regain his old form after surviving a drunk-driving car crash last October in Dallas.

“If you ain’t ready, don’t get in the ring. You know? That’s just that simple,” said Garcia, referring to Spence, on DAZN’s The Ak And Barak Show.

“You know, I know they say Manny’s older now, but he’s coming off a big win. So, if he’s old, don’t get in the ring,” he added. “If Spence ain’t better, don’t get in the ring cuz I don’t wanna hear no excuses. I never made no excuses.”

Pacquiao may be nine years older than Garcia, but the Filipino ring legend has proven he still has a lot left in his tank following an impressive victory over the much younger Keith Thurman last July in Las Vegas.

Spence, meanwhile, has already resumed training but minus the sparring.

Garcia and Spence were originally slated to fight last January before Spence figured in the near-fatal crash just 12 days after he beat Shawn Porter.

Read Next