Sure, it’s easy to pump up the fight game when it’s a big weekend, whether there’s some huge UFC brawl going down, or Manny Pacquiao is taking time away from running the entire Philippines to come over here and spar. But let’s not underestimate the degree to which combat sports seep into the cultural landscape around here. It’s in the water … if the water made you want to get up and punch someone in front of a crowd of 20,000.
If you thought the Mike Tyson renaissance was going to stop at Hangover sequels and Undisputed Truth, you clearly underestimated the man’s ability to inspire a Scooby-Doo-esque cartoon where he solves mysteries with the help of a gentleman ghost that’s voiced by Jim Rash, and a drunken, surly pigeon voiced by Norm MacDonald. But the Mike Tyson Mysteries, announced last year, finally got a trailer at San Diego Comic-Con—a trailer wherein Tyson punches a dinosaur. (Don’t worry: Tyson was wearing gloves. The T-Rex didn’t sustain serious injuries. Probably.)
But it didn’t end there: Tyson, in an interview with the U.K.’s Mirror, revealed that the biopic of his life that’s in the works would star Jamie Foxx. And that Foxx, at 46, would be able to portray a 20-year-old Tyson because “now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie’s pretty much my age so he can’t portray me, but they have this new system.” And here we thought the special effects in Guardians of the Galaxy were impressive.
Las Vegas’ other boxing icon, Floyd Mayweather, kept it hopping, too. First 50 Cent fired a shot across the bow on Twitter when he blasted out a picture of Nelly getting cozy with Mayweather’s ex, Shantel Jackson. Nelly finished off the combo in an interview with ESPN when he said, “I don’t have a beef with Floyd Mayweather. I think the whole thing is misunderstood. I try to understand where he’s coming from, which is a little hard to do. … It’s kind of hard talking to a guy who hasn’t graduated from high school.”
Sure, Nelly can talk all he wants until it’s time to step into a Fatburger. Mayweather didn’t bother counterpunching, though, as he was busy on a goodwill mission: The champ visited NBA All-Star Paul George in the hospital after the latter’s leg exploded August 1 in a USA Basketball exhibition at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Australian casino mogul James Packer has been known to drop the gloves on occasion—he scrapped with fellow mogul David Gyngell outside of Packer’s Sydney home in May. Now the Crown casino owner has taken his second swipe at the Las Vegas market—the first being a disastrous investment in Fontainebleau. Packer picked up the parcel of land that used to house the New Frontier for $280 million, and he plans to develop a casino on the spot by 2018. It’s just slightly cheaper than the $1.2 billion developer Elad IDB paid for the spot in 2007 with plans to sprout a $5 billion Plaza casino.
But what were Packer and Gyngell fighting about? Packer’s new relationship with Miranda Kerr. Kerr’s ex, Orlando Bloom, tried to become the savoir of an oppressed citizenry of the world by punching out tyrannical dictator Justin Bieber in Ibiza. The Biebs is rumored to have said to Bloom, “She was good,” in reference to a God-we-hope-it-never-happened hookup with Kerr. Bloom took the world’s most justified swing, but at least one fighter wasn’t impressed. UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin said he’d be happy to teach Bloom proper technique so he could do some damage in Round 2. For the love of God, Orlando, take him up on it.