Boxing legend Mike Tyson took to social media on Sunday afternoon to send his condolences to the Wahlberg family.
Mike Tyson’s message comes after Alma Wahlberg, the mother of actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, passed away. The brothers announced the news on Sunday that their mother had died at 78 years old. Alma had made appearances on the A&E Wahlberg family reality show called Wahlburgers.
“Alma is the matriarch of the Wahlberg family,” the show’s website said. “As the mother of nine children, she has seen it all. Alma worked as a bank clerk and nurse’s aide to make ends meet while raising her children in tight quarters on the Dorchester streets where she grew up.”
Meanwhile, the former world heavyweight champion was among those who reached out to the Wahlbergs after hearing the news.
“Condolences to the Wahlberg family for the loss of matriarch Alma,” Mike Tyson wrote on Twitter. “May she Rest In Peace. @markwahlberg @DonnieWahlberg”
In addition to the thoughtful message from Tyson, Mark and Donnie Wahlberg also shared messages to their late mother on Instagram.
“My angel. Rest in peace,” Mark wrote alongside a picture of Alma.
“My mom Alma’s joy for life, love, and people –combined with a pride in her humble beginnings and refusal to forget where she came from — undoubtedly shaped me into the man that I am,” Donnie posted to his official Instagram page.
Mike Tyson Claims Jake Paul ‘Saved Boxing’
Although most known for his intimidating style of boxing, Mike Tyson is also known for his controversial behavior — both inside and outside of the ring.
However, there is no denying the major interest from the public in seeing “the baddest man on the planet” make his return to the ring. Mike Tyson, 54, and Roy Jones Jr., 52, squared-off back in November in what ended in a draw.
But it was Tyson’s comments during the post-fight press conference that turned some heads.
“Boxing was pretty much a dying sport,” Tyson admitted. “The UFC was kicking our butt. Boxing is going back thanks to the YouTube boxers.”
And despite what many people may think of YouTube sensation-turned boxer, Jake Paul, it seems like Mike Tyson may have a point. Paul just moved to 3-0 after an impressive TKO victory over former UFC fighter Ben Askren. Paul also defeated former NBA player Nate Robinson in his boxing debut.
We definitely aren’t calling Jake Paul the next Mike Tyson, but it does seem like both fighters know how to draw in an audience.