‘I Don’t Know…A Billion Bucks’ | Mike Tyson Says What It Will Take To Make A Jake Paul Fight

MALIBU, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12: Former professional boxer Mike Tyson attends Celebration of Smiles Event hosted by Dionne Warwick on her 81st Birthday to benefit medical charity organization, Operation Smile and The Kind Music Academy on December 12, 2021 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)

Mike Tyson has never been one to bite his tongue, and on a recent episode of his popular “HOTBOXIN” podcast, he revealed that a fight with Jake Paul isn’t out of the question, but it better be highly lucrative.

Tyson was joined by guests two-weight class boxing world champion Jermall “The Hitman” Charlo and NBA legend Paul Pierce. They discussed the difference between Tyson’s heyday of the ’80s and ’90s versus boxing today.

The conversation turned to the YouTube stars turned fighters, and the trio had plenty to say.

Tyson vs. Paul?

“It’s what everything is turning into, you know, NFTs, the Metaverse and stuff like that,” said Charlo. “That’s just what the world is starting to turning into but I haven’t really seen one of those YouTubers get in there with a real boxer like go fight for the WBC.”

Then Paul Pierce brought the agitation to the conversation when he interjected with, “Mike is supposed to fight Jake Paul.”

Immediately, Tyson got excited and began to set the facts straight.

“You told me that, ain’t nobody told me that. Hey, I don’t have no f–king money, where’s the f–king contract?” Tyson said.

Fight Buddies?

When Charlo and Pierce challenged him about claiming not to hear the rumor that the fight was being strategized, Tyson revealed that he’s “been smoking with him forever” and “I did some ‘shrooms with him as well but I’ve never heard this.”

Not too long ago, the two were in St. Barths, ringing in the New Year on the opulent island with stars like Drake, Jeff Bezos and more celebrities.

Charlo floated the idea that the fight has a price that any boxer would take.

“But guess what it did? It gained a whole lot of attention that could possibly get a whole lot of money,” Charlo said. “49 million? Come on, Mike.”

But Mike wasn’t having it.

Show Me The Money

“We got to get some more man s–t, blue-eyed, blonde hair, that s–t is very expensive, man, we got to get some more money, man,” Tyson said.

Jake Paul is on a sports entertainment run like no other. After demolishing former NBA great Nate Robinson, former MMA champion Ben Askren, and most recently former MMA champion Tyron Woodley twice.

Paul has been a vocal advocate of fighter’s rights and has been a pain in the side of UFC President Dana White. He has advocated for better pay for fighters, even paying Tyron Woodley a matching $2 million for their rematch.

Politician Paul

In addition, Paul signed Amanda Serrano, a women’s boxing GOAT who has been the co-main event of his last events and is the co-promoter of her upcoming epic match-up against Katie Taylor.

Pierce, a fight fan who said he’s been going to Tyson’s fights since his heyday, asked the inevitable question: Will Tyson fight again.

“I don’t know…a billion bucks,” Tyson said while all three laughed simultaneously.

Tyson remains one of the most polarizing figures in combat sports history. Even after his prime, he still elicits the same level of intrigue as a fighter and personality.


Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. RhettĀ hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.