MIke Tyson: Will he replace Gov. Chris Christie as Donald Trump pitch man?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Will former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson join New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and stump for Donald Trump?
In 2014, Secretary Hillary Clinton purportedly asked promoter Bob Arum for Manny Pacquiao's endorsement after PacMan previously endorsed U.S. Senator Harry Reid when the latter was embroiled in a tight race in Nevada so it's a fair question.
(Of course, Clinton has probably changed her mind by now.)
Perhaps the better question is: Will Tyson replace Christie?
Following Governor Christie's train wreck of an interview on ABC last weekend, the public's obsession with Trump's "Go Home" utterance on Monday and the governor's rather odd mannerisms on Super Tuesday, the newfound Trump-Christie relationship appears to be as warm as Juneau, Alaska in the middle of winter.
Will 'The Don' be seeking a new pitch man by week's end?
Amid calls to step down, the governor, the butt of bipartisan jokes in the social media for the last three days, is a colossal mess.
In fact, some insist he's taken the focus off Trump in what was supposed to be the latter's brightest moment in his campaign - Super Tuesday.
For the first time in Election 2016, the focus is actually on someone other than Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders....
Christie has done the impossible but at what point will Trump tell the governor, his new No. 1 fan, "You're fired!"?
When or if that time comes, another high-profile supporter stands ready.
Enter Mike Tyson.
Iron MIke pledged his allegiance to Trump long before the billionaire was considered a legitimate force in the campaign.
“We’re the same guy,” Mike Tyson recently told The Daily Beast.
“A thrust for power, a drive for power. Whatever field we’re in, we need power in that field. That’s just who we are.”
And yes, Mike Tyson and Donald Trump go way back.
When Tyson was the heavyweight champion and most popular active fighter in the world, Donald Trump, as Tyson's business adviser, was responsible for luring 'Iron Mike' back from Las Vegas to the New York/New Jersey area. Subsequently, Trump would go on to host nearly all of the significant bouts of a “prime” of Mike Tyson, including Tyson vs Spinks (1988), the highest grossing fight in boxing history to that point.
And when Tyson was convicted of the rape of 18-year-old Desiree Washington and sentenced to six years in prison in 1992, Trump reportedly suggested that Mike, who generated a lot of money for the businessman's casinos, be allowed to continue with his boxing career so long as a portion of his purses were set aside for rape victims.
"We’re really good friends,” Tyson told The Daily Beast.
“We go back to ’86, ’87. Most of my successful and best fights were at Trump’s hotels. He didn’t manage me, though. He was just helping me with my court case.”
Later in the interview, Tyson exclaimed, "If I can get 200,000 people or more to vote for him, I’m gonna do it.”
Given the criticism Donald Trump has received for his comments about allowing Muslims in the U.S. and his presumed hesitance in disavowing the endorsement of a famous Klu Klux Klan leader, perhaps a black Muslim is just what the doctor ordered for the Trump campaign?
Will Gov. Chris Christie be replaced by MIke Tyson?
If so, how would Mike react when or if Trump, whether intentional or not, publicly belittled him?
"Get on the plane and go home, Mike. It's over there. You go home."
Perhaps Dennis Rodman, another ardent Trump supporter, will take over for Christie instead?