During the late ‘1980s, Mike Tyson was at the peak of his powers as he was considered the most dangerous man on the planet. The former Heavyweight was undefeated in his division when this event took place in the city of Chicago. Former agent Rory Holloway made an account of Mike Tyson’s life and career through his book, ‘Taming the Beast‘. BoxingScene has been taking tid bits from it and one specific passage talks about a time when Mike Tyson nearly fought Michael Jordan.
It all happened back in 1988 at Chicago Bears star Richard Dent’s birthday dinner in the city. A lot of famous folk attended this party back in December, including Michael Jordan. During that time, the Chicago Bulls star was already one of the best players on the planet but he still hadn’t won his first NBA title. Holloway wrote how uncomfortable Michael Jordan got because Mike seemed angry at him for dating his ex, actress Robin Gibbs.
This is what Holloway wrote: “Mike Tyson’s sitting there with his drink of choice, a Long Island Tea, and when he drinks his real feelings come out. I’m telling the server to water his drinks down because I see where this is going. Mike stares across the table at Michael Jordan. He says, ‘Hey man, you think I’m stupid? I know you f***** with my b****’. Jordan looks like he just seen a ghost. ‘I know you messed with her,’ Mike says, ‘You can tell me’. Jordan, it’s obvious he just wants to get up and run. He wants no part of this.
“Mike turns to Ditka. ‘Man, you think somebody scared of you, all that racist s*** you been talking?’. He says to Dent, ‘Y’all scared of this damn white man, Richard? He ain’t nobody. You gonna let him talk that way?’. It was a circus, for real, that night. Don King trying to change the subject. Me and John trying to hold Mike down. Mike telling everyone he’s going to bust Jordan’s ass. Jordan’s dressed sharp as always and he can’t get out of there fast enough.”
Mike Tyson also had problems with Brad Pitt over Gibbs
But Mike was known for having issues for being jealous, there was even a time in the same year when actor Brad Pitt feared for his life. Reports from the police confirmed that Mike got in a heated altercation with actor Brad Pitt for visiting Robin Gibbs at their Hollywood mansion. In fact, Gibbs cheated on Tyson with Pitt, the actor came out alive from that one through the grace of God.