Tyson shared with a small collection of media at the post-exhibition press conference how he handled his fondness for smoking marijuana in the lead-up to this bout with Jones.
“I smoked every day,” he said, while the assembled guffawed. “I never stopped smoking.”
And did he smoke right before the fight?
“Absolutely, yes,” the Brooklyn native stated.
He said the reefer doesn’t really affect his performance. “It’s just who I am, it has no effect on me from a negative standpoint. It’s just what I do, what I am, and how I’m gonna die. There’s no explanation, there’s no beginning, there’s no end.”
But does the marijuana numb the pain that one can feel from taking punches? “No, it just numbs me, it doesn’t numb the pain,” he answered.
And yes, if you watched the broadcast, you know well that marijuana was something of a theme in this promotion.