It's been 12 years since Mike Tyson
and Evander Holyfield
have been in the same room together, and the last time it happened things got ugly: Mike bit off a hunk of his opponent's ear during their boxing match in what is probably one of sports' most memorable events. But, today, their reunion on Oprah
was far less gruesome and savage -- the two tough guys actually hugged it out and put the rivalry to rest. Leave it to Oprah. Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear 12 years ago. (Getty Images)
Holyfield said he'd been over the whole incident for a while, though. He very graciously said on the show (according to OMG.com
): "At that moment I was very angry, but eventually when it's all over, you realize that you gain more than you lost. The most important thing was for me to forgive, and I forgave him. And I was ready to move on."
We're not sure if we'd forgive someone for ripping off part of our ear, but, hey, comes with the territory? Or something?
Tyson got a little sappy during the interview, too. He grabbed Holyfield's arm and said: "This is a beautiful guy. I just want you to know it's just been a pleasure ... being acquainted with you."
Awww. Both of the guys also agreed that the make-up should have happened long ago, but better late than never. They said their reunion should serve as an example to young people about moving on, and forgivness: "If we can come together, we know you can come together," Holyfield said.
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