Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mike Tyson Promises Madonna To Fight ... For Malawi

Unlikely as it sounds, Mike Tyson will be joining Madonna in Malawi late summer to help raise awareness of the African nation. We have been hard on Tyson -- see Tyson v. Snipes -- who, after gnawing on Evander Holyfield's ear has been trying to reform himself. Tyson is on the French Riviera to promote James Toback's buzzy doc on his life (for which he provides world-weary narration).

If this noble endeavor pans out, we promise to give him a fair shake. It all happened, apparently, in the VIP backrooms at Cannes. From the 3AM Girls:

"Mike, who was surrounded by a bevy of babes half Madonna's age, sent them all packing so he could listen to her talk about the poverty-striken African country.

"They then swapped numbers and Madge now has Mike on speed dial.

"Mr Tyson, who has been hanging out with P Diddy at Cannes, is not an obvious champion of orphans in the developing world - given his chequered past, including three years in the nick for rape, drugtaking and a penchant for biting the ears off opponents.

"But he is keen to prove he's a changed man and Madonna is delighted to have such a big-hitter fighting a cause close to her heart.

"We're told: 'Madonna thinks Mike is amazing and asked if she could have a private screening of his documentary, Tyson, while she was in the Riviera.

"'Mike agreed immediately. And, aware that having a celebrity fan will do wonders for his doc, he offered to do a favour in return.

"He has promised to fly with her to Malawi in late summer, to promote awareness of children with AIDS there.'"

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