When the Tyson-Spinks fight became all about . . . Donald Trump!

Back in 1987, there was no bigger fight to be made than the heavyweight unification bout between Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks. Hotels were bidding against one another for the right to host the fight, and our next President of the U.S, at the time an Atlantic City casino owner, won the rights with a bid of $11 million to put the fight in the A.C. Convention Center, next door to the Trump Plaza.  After acrimonious negotiations between Tyson’s manager Bill Cayton and Butch Lewis, representing Spinks, the two fighters would earn a then-record $33.5 million ($20 million to Tyson, $13.5 million for Spinks). The fight was as highly anticipated as any in boxing history short of the 1971 Ali-Frazier bout; like that one, Tyson-Spinks was a rare matchup of undefeated heavyweights each calling himself a champion. The hype was about the fight, not the site or the guy paying for it.

So what are the first words out of the mouths of the two fighters in the first TV spot for the fight? Watch the video and find out.

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