Evander Holyfield will demand $25million to fight Mike Tyson for a third time.
The bitter rivals fought twice almost 25 years ago with Holyfield winning their first meeting by 11th round stoppage.
He then won the second in controversial fashion when Tyson was disqualified for biting his rival's ear.
Tyson continued fighting until he retired on his stool after five rounds against Kevin McBride in 2005.
And tonight he makes his return against Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition fight in Los Angeles.
But for many months it was Holyfield who was expected to walk to the ring to face Tyson in a trilogy bout.
And the former world champion has now claimed it wasn't he who walked away – despite his huge demands.
"It definitely wasn't me," Holyfield told the I Am Athlete podcast. "I wasn't getting in the ring for less than $25 million.
"I beat him twice. I felt it was wrong for me to have to ask him to fight me. I don't know (if he's scared). I would never ask a person that.
"If they called me to fight in two days, I'd be there to fight in two days."
Tyson and Jones clash tonight after months of uncertainty surrounding the nature of their fight.
Both men, despite a combined age of 105, insist they will look for the knockout despite the California Athletic Commission insisting that is not within the rules.
There will be a winner declared with the WBC scoring the fight remotely – and then presenting a specially-commissioned belt.
After weighing in lighter than he has since his rematch with Holyfield, Tyson said: "I'm pitching punches and anything else is up to Roy.
"If I am running anywhere, I am running right at him."
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