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One Night In Vegas With Mike Tyson and Tupac Tonight on ESPN 30 for 30

Posted by on September 7, 2010 at 8:11 PM EST

tupac shakur mike tysonRelive the events of that fateful night in Las Vegas when Tupac Shakur was gunned down after a Mike Tyson fight on ESPN’s 30 for 30.

Mike Tyson and Tupac Shakur might seem like unlikely friends, but the two did have a very close relationship that lasted for about four years and ended in tragedy after a Tyson fight in Vegas. Tonight’s ESPN‘s 30 for 30 documentary One Night in Vegas covers that friendship and that controversial that followed the Tyson fight.

Tupac first met Mike Tyson in 1992 when Tyson was still in prison for rape. Tyson says that Tupac would call him nearly every day and when he couldn’t call he would send messages or send word to him. By the time Mike Tyson was released in 1995, Shakur had also served time behind bars himself for a sexual abuse charge. Upon Tyson’s release the friendship deepened. The two became fast friends who understood each other. The two misunderstood men found a kinship in the controversy that surrounded them. They were easy to trust one another because they didn’t need each other for fame, money or credibility. That friendship grew stronger every day then came to a violent, shocking end on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas.

Mike Tyson was in Vegas to fight Bruce Seldon. Tupac brought some friends, including then Death Row Records owner Suge Knight, to Vegas to watch the fight. Tyson was to enter the ring to a rap song written by Tupac just for this occasion. The fight, like nearly everything touched by these two, was awash in controversy. Seldon went down in the first round to what seemed like a light, glancing blow. The crowd was incensed and began chanting “Fix! Fix! Fix!”. Tupac and his group left the fight and as they made their way through the lobby of the MGM Grand Hotel, Suge Knight spotted a guy who was a gang member they suspected of repeatedly robbing a Death Row label member. Tupac attacked with Knight and company right behind him. The entire fight was caught by surveillance cameras. Knight and Tupac then got into Knight’s car and made their way down the strip to a club where they intended to join Tyson for an after-fight party.

They would never make it. As they sat at a stoplight, a car pulled up along side them and opened fire. Knight was wounded, Tupac Shakur died six days later inthe hospital.

One Night in Vegas explores the friendship between these two men. Mike Tyson talks openly about his sadness and regrets about his relationship with Tupac as the story leads from their first meeting up to that tragic night. Shedding some light on a relationship many people didn’t even know existed, One Night in Vegas is a fascinating look at some of the people involved in one of the most infamous nights in Las Vegas history.



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