No one hold grudges forever. Especially, when you are competing each other. Mike is a changed man now. It is a sign that anyone can change and become so tender at any time of their life.
“Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield stood toe to toe again, only this time there were hugs and smiles – and no bites to the ear.
The ill will that marked the former champions’ rivalry was nowhere in sight. Instead, they were like old friends meeting in a supermarket, which is exactly what they did on Saturday.
They were at a Jewel-Osco on Chicago’s South Side, where Holyfield was signing autographs and promoting his barbecue sauce. Tyson, in town performing his one-man show, made a cameo.
”I just wanted to see Evander, man,” Tyson said. ”I love Evander. I’m forever linked with him for the rest of my life.”
Hard to believe those words came from the man who bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear during a fight, but the former ”Baddest Man On The Planet” is showing a different side. He is also a vegan now strictly avoiding any farmed animal production.
He’s baring his soul on stage, documenting his rise from Brooklyn’s streets to the heavyweight championship and subsequent fall from grace. It’s all there, from his drug use to his relationships to ex-wife Robin Givens, new wife Kiki, promoter Don King, trainer Cus D’Amato and, of course, a rape conviction that left him behind bars for three years in the 1990s.
He’s taking it to 36 cities after a run on Broadway. Saturday night was the second of two scheduled performances in Chicago. And before he hit the stage, he hit the supermarket.
He wrapped Holyfield in a big hug and was all smiles as they chatted and posed for pictures, the fans going wild the whole time.
”The show is good,” said Holyfield, who saw it in Las Vegas. ”The show is showing his way of coming back, being able to come to an agreement, come to an acknowledgment of what he’d done good and what he’d done wrong and to get over it. When people don’t get past their problems, they never come to an understanding.”
What did Holyfield think of the parts that involved him?
”I think he was letting people know that he was wrong and what happened, happened,” he said. ”He appreciates that I forgave him. He’s forgiven himself. That’s how you make adjustments in life.”
Now Tyson is putting it out there on stage, warts and all. He has made it clear this is not an apology tour, that it’s simply his story.
”I just want to live my life this way,” Tyson said. ”It’s more advantageous to me and my children and the people that I care about to live my life this way.”