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Excuse me for perhaps being momentarily crazy, but ask yourself a simple question: Would Mike Tyson ever do this?

I never thought I would ask myself that question, either. After the rape conviction, imprisonment, and other black eyes Tyson left outside the ring, it would seem almost unfathomable to use his legacy as a benchmark for the sport of boxing.

But as the days pass, I continue to realize the ferocity and excitement that Tyson brought to rings and living rooms everywhere.

Pay-per-view buys reached unprecedented levels, and the sporting world stopped to tune into Las Vegas for a couple hours on a Saturday night.

As Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather continue to fuss over how the pre-fight testing should work, it becomes clear how different they are from boxing’s previous feared champion.

In societal and real-world terms, that’s great news. I’m surely not endorsing the fallen images of Tyson the man.

But when it comes to pushing the s...

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