Mike Tyson believes he’s partially responsible for the death of Tupac Shakur.
On September 7, 1996, the California native went to watch the Brooklyn athlete spar with Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. His presence in the audience was desired by Tyson at the time, but in hindsight, the boxer thinks Pac would be probably still be alive if he didn’t pressure him to go to the match.
“I feel a little guilty about him coming to the fight and me pressuring him ... I was supposed to go out with him that night. I promised to go to the 662 with him that night, but I just had a little baby and her mother was provoking me to stay home, so I stayed home,” Tyson said in an interview with DJ Vlad.
“I know who I am, I know what my element’s about,” he continued. “This is just what happens in my world. That was part of my world. Just because it was 2Pac and I was attached to it, it was different.”
Nas — who had a brief feud with the rapper — also had plans to meet the “Dear Mama” lyricist in Vegas as they’d begun to put an end to their beef just a few days earlier. “We both knew we were supposed to continue that conversation and probably just squash the whole thing. I was scheduled to meet him in Vegas,” the Queens rapper previously revealed.
As many already know, Pac was unfortunately targeted in a drive-by shooting, and taken to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. His death affected many fans and celebrities, but Tyson was particularly impacted as the two were really good friends. He and Pac reportedly used to party together, and the All Eyez on Me star would often support him in his many fights. When Tyson did a stint in prison, Pac was one of the people that paid him a visit.