KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson shares what happened when Tupac Shakur visited him in prison
  • Tyson said Tupac lived his life having "mad respect."
  • Tyson thinks Tupac could have become even more iconic if he had lived longer

Mike Tyson described how things went down when his late friend Tupac Amaru Shakur visited him in prison.

Among all the rappers who developed a great relationship with Tyson, nothing compares to his friendship with rap icon “2pac.” The two didn’t find it hard to get along well with each other as they both share a lot of things in common. This includes serving prison time.

In 1991, when Tyson at the peak of his career, he was arrested for the rape charges involving 18-year-old Desiree Washington. He served three years of a six-year sentence before being released in 1995. When in jail, Tyson was visited by Tupac and what happened next was something the boxing icon would never forget.

Speaking to T.I. on his “ExpediTIously podcast,” the 53-year-old looked back at how the said Tupac visit in prison went down. According to Tyson, the famous rapper “was so animated and excited” upon seeing him – a scenery which the cops on duty at the time didn’t like much, Daily Star reported.

"Then when we were outside, he jumps on the table. The cops in the cars were looking at him,” Tyson recalled.

Tyson tried to neutralize “Pac’s” energy and told him to "come down, get down from there.” However, Tupac was so impactful that he even got the other inmates “pumped up” by his presence.

"The guards didn't like him, the inmates got rowdy and pumped up when he came which is a safety concern," Tyson added.

To this day, Tyson is still thrilled with the memory his friend left him while in prison. Looking back at Tupac’s life, Tyson can definitely say that the rapper lived his life having “mad respect” from people who knew about him.

"He was a bolt of energy there. When he came in everybody knew him, he had mad respect. That's how he lived his life, he had mad respect."

In November 1993, Tupac made the headlines and was charged for shooting two off-duty police officers. At the time, “Iron Mike” was still in jail and said that “when the word came out that Pac just visited him and shot two off-duty police officers, everybody in the prison went crazy.”

Tupac's death occurred in 1996. Moments after watching Tyson defeat Bruce Seldon in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, Tupac was shot and confirmed dead after a week in the hospital.

Last November, in an episode of “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” Tyson expressed his regret in Shakur’s untimely death. Tyson believes that Tupac could have surpassed what he has already done for music and for the people he impacted.

Mike Tyson Pictured: Former boxer Mike Tyson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 26, 2017. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images