Thursday, June 12, 2014

Larry Holmes on Mike Tyson

What I remember was [promoter] Don King knocking at my door around 9 at night. I was retired two years. Don said he wanted me to fight somebody he said he knew I could beat. I asked him who and he said, "Mike Tyson." I said, "I can't beat Mike Tyson." Don said, "What if I give you 3½ million dollars?" And I said, "Where's Mike at?"

I'm just glad he didn't kill me. He knocked me down a few times, but I didn't feel it because the first time he hit me I was numb. After the fight, Mike said he loved me and I said, "Why'd you knock out my ass?" Mike's a great guy.
--Larry Holmes, 26 years after his knockout, on upward-sloping supply curves