“I stayed with the baby,” Mike Tyson admits to feeling GUILTY over rapper Tupac Shakur’s devastating murder

Boxing legend Mike Tyson expresses his guilt over his best friend, Tupac Shakur’s death, 

“I stayed with the baby,” Mike Tyson admits to feeling GUILTY over rapper Tupac Shakur’s devastating murder

Tupac Shakur and Mike Tyson (image credits- Marca)

In an interview, Mike Tyson expressed his deep respect for the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, whom he had known for many years. The two men had shared several interests and had grown close prior to the rapper’s untimely passing in 1996. Furthermore, in the interview, Tyson discussed the effects of his friend’s death and his own feelings of guilt.

On September 7, 1996, Suge Knight and Shakur traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, to attend Tyson’s bout against Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand Hotel. The fight ended in the first with Seldon’s defeat via a spectacular TKO by Tyson. According to MTV News, Shakur and Knight were scheduled to attend a tribute to Tyson at Knight’s Club 662. However, on the way to the club, Shakur was shot four times by an unknown gunman, who fled the scene.


While talking about the incident, Mike Tyson stated:

I promised to go to the 662 with him that night, but I just had a little baby, and her mother was provoking me to stay home, so I stayed with the baby.

Hence, Tyson revealed that he feels partially guilty for the tragedy that fell upon his best friend, Shakur. Subsequently, Tyson stated that he had pressured Shakur to come to watch the fight and meet them at the club.

However, Tyson could not attend to their plans because he had a newborn baby that he had to stay with. Furthermore, Tupac continued with their plan to meet at Club 662, and on his way, he was shot and killed.


Mike Tyson talks about Tupac and Biggie  

Mike Tyson had a long-standing relationship with several rap artists, one of the most notable being Shakur. Shakur had accompanied Tyson to many of his bouts, including the 1996 fight against Seldon. After the completion of the fight, Shakur was tragically shot on his return trip.

Mike Tyson and Tupac Shakur
Mike Tyson and Tupac Shakur (Image credit- The Mirror)

Despite having shared many memorable moments with the late rapper, Tyson expressed his admiration for him just hours prior to his untimely passing. In an episode of the “Hotboxin with Mike Tyson” podcast, former NBA player Matt Barnes and current NBA player Stak requested the boxer discuss Shakur and Biggie.

Subsequently, Tyson spoke passionately about the two and their songs’ impact on culture and the music industry. In addition, Tyson spoke about manifestation and how Shakur and Biggie managed to destroy their lives and get killed.


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