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Mike Tyson may have been a fearsome competitor in his boxing career, but anyone who owned a Nintendo Entertainment System back in the day knew that there was only one version of Iron Mike that was nearly unbeatable: the one that appeared in ''Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!'' On Tuesday night's episode of ''The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,'' Tyson took on his virtual self and learned the same lesson the rest of us did when we were kids: If you don't dodge his uppercut, Mike Tyson will knock you out in one punch.
I never managed to beat Mike Tyson in ''Punch-Out!!'' and neither did anyone on my block. Some kid at school claimed that he did, but he never could replicate the feat when pressed. At least he didn't lie about beating that one ''Battletoads'' level. I'm still not convinced it can be beaten.
Will Mayweather-Pacquiao happen?
Floyd Mayweather Sr. recently predicted that the long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will take place. "It's gonna happen," he told fighthype.com. "That fight's gonna happen. Trust me."
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UFC president Dana White made some waves earlier this year when he claimed star Ronda Rousey could take down heretofore undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather. Said the outspoken White: "Ronda wouldn't beat him. She'd hurt him badly."
On Tuesday, the question was posed to Mayweather. Here's the answer, via BoxingScene.com:
To be fair, it doesn't appear Mayweather is trying to be condescending. He legitimately doesn't seem to know have heard of Rousey. Is that better? We're not sure.
Rousey, meanwhile, had this to say on the subject of fighting men in her ESPN/ESPYS Facebook chat Monday:
"I think that anyone is capable of beating anyone on any given day and that's why I work harder than all of my challengers. That said, I don't think there's a single person on this earth I can't beat."
What do you think?(h/t BoxingScene.com/David Greisman/The Big Lead)
In the June 26 issue of ESPN The Magazine, the discussion surrounded comebacks. How do the comebacks of some of the biggest names in sports stack up? Let's take a look.
Which comeback was greater, Jordan's first or his second?
Whatever your metric of choice, it's clear: Early Jordan (1984-93) trumped Middle Jordan (1995-98). Early MJ got to the line more (.385 FT rate vs. .346), was a more efficient scorer and had more steals and blocks. Counter to the notion that he came to trust his teammates as he aged, Early MJ even had more assists (a career-high 8.0/game came in 1988-89) than Middle MJ did. Which is all to say: MJ was slightly worse during his first comeback than the greatest player of all time. -- Kevin Pelton, ESPN Insider
Jordan's second comeback, in 2001, was unprecedented. No perimeter player in NBA history has scored more points at ages 38 and 39 than MJ. (And not for nothing, only Kevin Durant played more minutes this season than the 39-year-old Jordan did in 2002-03.) The Wizards had just 19 wins in 2000-01, before His Airness arrived; they had 37 victories in each of his two seasons. But don't trust us -- trust metrics: The Wiz were three points better per 100 possessions with Jordan creaking and crawling down the floor. -- Bradford Doolittle, ESPN Insider