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  • Makes you wonder if Mike keep his trainer Kevin Rooney the people who helped him get to where he was king of the boxing World. Could have been the greatest boxer that ever lived.

  • Tyson is truly difficult to put into words, and probably one of the most misunderstood and troubled boxers in history.

    Personally, I consider him the most explosive HW in history, and one of the most fascinating fighters ever. I love his refreshing honesty and I am extremely happy to see how he was able to turn his life around.

    I think Caligula summed it up best: Legend. Love Mike Tyson.

    • @stonefree, YES!!! SPOT ON BROTHER! The people that ended up around him exploited him as a cash cow(which is horrid)!

      He came through all that as a humble man though he was and will always be considered in conversations as one of the the baddest, hardest hitting men the sport has ever seen! He ALWAYS gives great interviews and tells COMPLETE truth! I would love to see him commentating in fights!!!!

      • Tyson as a commentator: I think he already did that for a few fights….but on mainstream networks, which meant that he couldn’t be himself. I think it would only be worth it for him (to be a commentator) if he could always be himself, incl. the language he uses.

        Tyson is extremely honest, no doubt. I am still not sure whether I can believe the cocaine story he told about his wife. I wouldn’t be surprised if he just wanted to protect her and therefore invented the “kiss” story.

        As far as his boxing greatness goes, I still think that Tyson in his prime would have knocked out every single HW on the planet in their prime, incl. Ali, Foreman, Lewis, etc. As contradictory as this may sound, I think Tyson was never in his full prime, because his lifestyle was way too self-destructive for a professional fighter. Heavy drug use, women, lack of training, emotional imbalance, etc. + of course the long prison sentence that heavily damaged his professional career all came at a time when he was about to reach his peak. But it is what it is, and Mike is still an all time great.

  • If Cus D’amato was a Little younger when he took mike in and Kevin Rooney stayed put Don King would of never have gotten his filthy paws on him and he would of retired 100-0.

    • Many “ifs” but I think at the end, everything plays out the way its supposed to. Considering how much chaos Tyson created and had to deal with, his record is still fantastic and his legacy untouchable.

      As with so many fighters, his last fights can’t really be counted; almost all true greats had losses at the end of their career, while many fake record holders carefully calculated the fight risk of each and every fight to the very end just to retire with a good looking record. Look at the absolutely ridiculous and fake circus fights Mayweather had especially toward the end!

      Tyson in his prime was more feared than any HW in history, and there were thousands of fighters who tried to have that reputation.

      Scumbags like Don King have ruined many lives, but not Mike’s – he’s having the best time of his life now and he is respected and revered by millions of people around the planet.

  • Mike Tyson was the most feared fighter on the planet when he debuted in 1985. One has to wonder what would happened if he’d have kept Rooney and stayed away from Don King.

    • Bad argument, because there is NO evidence that Tyson actually raped the woman he was convicted for. The judge was just fed up with Tyson because he had been a well documented bad boy for a long time already. Tyson was abused by at least as many women, as he abused. That’s why he accepted the verdict, even though he still maintains that alleged rape never happened the way it was presented in court.

      Tyson is no saint, but what does that have to do with his boxing career? He paid his dues, so why bring it up again? Or do you just despise and demonize all boxers / people who have ever been accused of a crime?

      Hurricane Rubin Carter was a similar case: he was twice wrongly convicted for triple murder and spent almost 20 years in prison although he had nothing to do with those murders. Do you despise him too?

        • Dovid: What’s your evidence that Hurricane was not innocent? Hurricane had a criminal past, but he was officially exonerated from the murder conviction. The people who testified were caught lying and some of them also retracted their original testimonies. So, at least in the eye of the law, Carter had nothing to do with the triple murders.

  • People need to stop ‘blaming’ Don King as though he ‘handcuffed Mr. Tyson to a radiator and forced him to contract.’ Mr. Tyson has equal blame for amicably going into contract with a despicable human with the ‘race card’ illusion. Moreover, the real blame is on Mr. D’Amato, no matter how old he was. For bringing up a boxer without any type of civil and structural conduct to having a rear entrance in his in-ring arsenal and financial acumen. Teddy Atlas was the disciplinary early on and got ousted. No one talks about that. Meanwhile, Cus was sweeping Mike’s negatives under the rug was feeding his ego and subsequently landed him in lock up. It took Mr. Tyson years to ‘find himself’ and settle civilly. Everyone merely repeats the ‘if he stayed with Kevin Rooney’ line without having a boxing professorship knowledge. Copyright 2019 Coach Hilario

    • All very good points. The myth that was created of the old man and the kid papers over Cus’s selfish desire to have one more champ at any cost and failure to better prepare the fighter he was supposedly a father to for life outside the ring. Getting rid of Teddy, not Rooney, was the big turning point. Then Mike (under pressure from Robin Givens and her mother) pushing Rooney and Cayton out and bringing King in when Jim Jacobs died, whose loss was just as pivotal as D’Amato’s. Lots of bad choices that go beyond any single if.

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