Michael Jordan offered heavyweight title fight

NEW YORK -- Main Events has offered former basketball superstar Michael Jordan a guaranteed $15 million to fight the winner of the Evander Holyfield-Michael Moorer April 22nd heavyweight title fight.

The offer was extended by Main Events promoter Dan Duva to Jordan's agent, David Falk.


Jordan is currently attempting to start a baseball career with the Chicago White Sox. Jordan was informed of the offer to fight for the heavyweight championship while he was at Chicago's spring training facility at Sarasota, Fla., and he said he was 'absolutely not' interested.

'I wouldn't fight those guys if I had a gun in my hand,' said Jordan, who is 6-6 and 205 pounds.

Duva said the fight has the potential to net more than $25 million in earnings for Jordan, who is the most popular athlete in the United States.

'Michael Jordan fighting for the heavyweight championship would be the most spectacular event in the history of sports,' said Duva. 'This offer is not a joke. We are 100 percent serious.'

Meanwhile, Jordan is writing the top spring training story in major league baseball at White Sox camp. Jordan faced major league pitching for the first time Tuesday and graded out 'pretty good,' according to veteran Jose DeLeon, who did the pitching.


Chicago manager Gene Lamont said Jordan 'hit the ball better than I thought he would.'

Jordan will face a different White Sox pitcher every day until March 4, when Chicago opens the exhibition season against the Texas Rangers.

Jordan was signed to a minor league contract with Nashville of the American Association and invited to spring training as a non-roster player by the White Sox.

Jordan, who has practiced as an outfielder, began private workouts at Chicago's Comiskey Park in December. He has not played baseball on a competitive level since high school.

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