Re: Tyson vs Holyfield II
Tyson knew he was going to lose as many of you have already said. He just didn't want to go out on his back. The man was petrified and became the stereotypical cornered animal. Believe it or not, he was always this way on the inside.
The words from Lott and Atlas are revelations of something they always saw and always knew about Mike. The intimidation factor he had in his prime was the result of his skills contributing to his confidence. He had people he trusted around him, he had the skills to take a guy out early and not really get hit. Those were ideal situations for him. The quicker he took a guy out, the quicker he could remove himself from that kind of high pressure situation. Its when he lost his mentor, his friends and the people around him that he he was unable to deal with the pressure because they followed him out of the ring and started to collect.
Biting Holyfield was an attempt at getting that intimidation back or a way of leaving the ring without getting pummeled. Its a win / win situation for Mike. Holyfield gets thrown off his game by anger or fear and Mike stands a chance of winning.... or Mike gets disqualified and leaves the ring with his pride intact.
Doesn't look all that uncommon when you consider the number of fighters that have done these kind of bizarre things. Golota... Judah...Cintron..
They want your @$$ beat because upsets make news. News brings about excitement, excitement brings about ratings. The objective is to bring you up to the tower and tear your @$$ down. And if you don't believe that, you're crazy.
Roy Jones, Jr. "What I've Learned," Esquire 2003