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Old July 15th, 2010, 01:00 PM   #1
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Mike Tyson Candid About Past, Future, Calls Himself 'a Pig'

Mike Tyson Candid About Past, Future, Calls Himself 'a Pig' -- Back Porch FanHouse

Mike Tyson is 44 year old, 20 years removed from Buster Douglas knocking him out in Tokyo, and the downward spiral that followed, including prison time on a rape conviction and quitting mid-fight against journeyman Kevin McBride during a 2005 match before promptly announcing that he didn't have "the fighting guts or the heart anymore."

Whenever Tyson has spoken publicly about his life, he's been forthcoming about his mistakes. He ratchets the self-loathing up a few notches in a recent interview with Details, telling the magazine that, "The first stage of my life was just a whole bunch of selfishness. Just a whole bunch of gifts to myself and people who didn't necessarily deserve it. Now I'm 44, and I realize that my whole life is just a f--king waste. 'Greatest man on the planet'? I wasn't half the man I thought I was. So if there's a big plan now, it's just to give-it's selflessness, caring for the people who deserve it. Because I think I'm a pig. I have this uncanny ability to look at myself in the mirror and say, 'This is a pig. You are a f--king piece of sh-t.'"

Tyson touches on everything from losing his four-year-old daughter to the tattoo on his face to what he was thinking during the infamous Evander Holyfield fight.

As to the ear-biting incident, Tyson was frank: "Man, I didn't care about boxing anymore. I was wrong to do that-all wrong-all crazy to do that. But that wasn't about boxing. I just wanted to f--king maim him."

As for the future, Tyson keeps it simple and raw: "I got no money. I'm not a glamour guy anymore. I got friends who've got money, so it looks like I've got money, but I don't. All the money I had, forget it. I never had anything, never had a stitch on me that felt like freedom. But to have somebody by your side, win, lose, or draw. My wife's lived with me in places I wouldn't take a sh-t in. I wouldn't be a prostitute in some of the places my wife and I have slept."

You can read the entire interview here.

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One of the biggest mistakes that Mike Tyson did was hooking up with Don King. From there, King held Tyson's leash, and turned him into what Tyson said he was.

If Tyson would have stuck with Bob Arum or whichever promoter before signing on with King, he may have been world champion longer than his record shows. Also, King told Tyson to dump his trainer, too. King really controlled Tyson.
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