When Michael Jordan decided to catch the Fight of the Century at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Saturday, he probably didn’t anticipate getting involved in another altercation -- this time, as peacemaker.
Footage captured outside the MGM Grand after the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight allegedly shows His Airness pacifying a potential bust-up between his bodyguard and a stranger. Thanks to Jordan’s intervention, the disagreement was quickly quelled.
(Watch the video of the altercation above. Warning: The clip contains strong language.)
According to Complex.com, R&B singer/songwriter Delray Richardson captured the footage and uploaded it to YouTube. Richardson told the magazine that the stranger and his girlfriend had been walking on the sidewalk as people were leaving the MGM Grand when Jordan’s bodyguard “pushed him out of the way.”
“The guy was like, ‘Don't push me, man. You ain't gotta push me!’ He didn't even see Michael Jordan. He just saw some guy pushing him,” Richardson said.
Tempers quickly flared and Richardson said the situation would likely have turned very “ugly” had Jordan not stepped in.
In the video above, the basketball star can be seen stopping for several seconds to talk to the man before walking to his car.
“You could tell this dude was major,” Richardson told Complex.com. “You could tell by the situation. So Mike stopped and was like, ‘Chill out, chill out, chill out.’ He let the dude know that everything was cool, and just out of respect for Mike, the guy toned it down a little bit.”
Richardson added that he was impressed by how the NBA legend was able to calm the situation down like he did.
“I thought this was a powerful example of the influence Mike has. He told the guy, ‘You alright,’ and the situation was over. He didn't have to do that. He could have just kept walking,” Richardson said.
Jordan has not responded to The Huffington Post’s requests for comment.