Mike Tyson needed only 61 seconds - almost as fast as he has knocked out some opponents - to reaffirm that promoter Don King will lead his quest to regain the heavyweight championship.
“Don is the greatest promoter in the world, as we know,” Tyson said Thursday in his first public comments since being released from prison Saturday.
With those words, Tyson ended speculation of a rift with King. He did not take any questions after reading a brief statement.
Tyson also said close friends John Horne and Rory Holloway would co-manage him, his fights would be televised by the Showtime cable network and his bouts would be at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Tyson didn’t mention a fight timetable.
King was not present for Tyson’s announcement.
MGM Grand reportedly has a six-fight, 2 1/2-year deal with Tyson. He is expected to fight within six months.
Tyson last fought June 28, 1991, a 12-round decision over Donovan “Razor” Ruddock.
Tyson, sporting a mustache and beard, appeared smaller than the Iron Mike who terrorized the heavyweight division in the last half of the 1980s.
Showtime announced a multiyear deal for pay-per-view marketing and showing his fights over the next three years.
The network also plans for Tyson to provide on-air commentary for championship boxing telecasts as well as other boxing-related programming.