Call me crazy, but Mike Tyson never struck me as a raging lunatic. Sure, he was a brute of a man and a ferocious fighter, but he wasn’t exactly Charles Manson. Tyson was simply a dark, fascinating man with no filter between his brain and his mouth. As such, he often said things most people would normally keep to themselves. Here are 25 of Iron Mike’s greatest quotes.
“One morning I woke up and found my favorite pigeon, Julius, had died I was devastated and was gonna use his crate as my stickball bat to honor him. I left the crate on my stoop and went in to get something and I returned to see the sanitation man put the crate into the crusher. I rushed him and caught him flush on the temple with a titanic right hand he was out cold, convulsing on the floor like an infantile retard.”
“There are nine million people who see me in the ring and hate my guts. Most of them are white. That’s okay. Just spell my name right.”
“My power is discombobulatingly devastating I could feel muscle tissues collapse under my force. It’s ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm.”
“Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.”
“Without discipline, no matter how good you are, you are nothing! One day, and I might not be around; you’re going to meet a tough guy who takes your best shot. He’ll keep coming because he’s tough. Don’t get discouraged. That’s when the discipline comes in.”
“Lennox Lewis, I’m coming for you, man.
My style is impetuous.
My defense is impregnable,
and I’m just ferocious.
I want your heart.
I want to eat his children.
Praise be to Allah!”
“I’m on the Zoloft to keep from killing y’all.”
“Who am I? What am I? I don’t even know who I am. I’m just a dumb child. I’m being abused. I’m being robbed by lawyers. I think I have more money than I do. I’m just a dumb pugnacious fool. I’m just a fool who thinks I’m someone. And you tell me I should be responsible?”
“I want to rip out his heart and feed it to him. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children.”
“Well, suicide goes through everyone’s mind, I’m sure. And if it doesn’t I really must be crazy. Everyone thinks about that because sometimes, you know what I mean, it’s just tough being a nigga and it’s tough being a bad nigga.”
“He called me a ‘rapist’ and a ‘recluse.’ I’m not a recluse.”
“I can sell out Madison Square Garden masturbating.”
“I’m the most irresponsible person in the world. The reason I’m like that is because, at 21, you all gave me $50 or $100 million, and I didn’t know what to do. I’m from the ghetto. I don’t know how to act. One day I’m in a dope house robbing somebody. The next thing I know, ‘You’re the heavyweight champion of the world.'”
“I’m in trouble because I’m normal and slightly arrogant. A lot of people don’t like themselves and I happen to be totally in love with myself.”
“All praise is to Allah, I’ll fight any man, any animal, if Jesus were here I’d fight him too.”
“When Jesus comes back, these crazy, greedy, capitalistic men are gonna kill him again.”
“I want to throw down your kid and stomp on his testicles, and then you will know what it is like to experience waking up everyday as me. And only then will you feel my pain.”
I don’t understand why people would want to get rid of pigeons. They don’t bother no one.
“I normally don’t do interviews with women unless I fornicate with them.”
“I’m just a dark guy from a den of iniquity. A dark shadowy figure from the bowels of iniquity. I wish I could be Mike who gets an endorsement deal. But you can’t make a lie and a truth go together. This country wasn’t built on moral fiber. This country was built on rape, slavery, murder, degradation and affiliation with crime.”
“I just seem to keep buying more and more Bentleys”
“I just look around and say, I’m a mess. I don’t know why I do things.”
“If I take this camera and put it in your face for 20 years, I don’t know what you might be. You might be a homosexual if I put that camera on you since you were 13 years old. I’ve been on that camera since I was 13 years old.”
“I guess I’m gonna fade into Bolivian.”
“Fear is your best friend or your worst enemy. It’s like fire. If you can control it, it can cook for you; it can heat your house. If you can’t control it, it will burn everything around you and destroy you. If you can control your fear, it makes you more alert, like a deer coming across the lawn.”