Mike Tyson

July 8, 2014

I am Mike Tyson. Ask Me Anything!

Hey Reddit! I am former heavyweight champion, actor, producer, promoter, performer, and all around nice guy, Mike Tyson.

I am back in boxing! Now as an entertainer/promoter. I am hosting a huge event in Miami this Thursday July 10th - if you are in the area get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/1lOg8vS

Or watch the championship action LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 @ 10pm

Ask me anything about my life, my career or my upcoming night of entertainment.

I will be picking my favorite question and answering it LIVE on the FOX SPORTS 1 broadcast Thursday night. I will give a shout out to the Reddit community!

Proof: https://twitter.com/MikeTyson/status/486572033581391873

EDIT: Sorry I couldn't answer everyone's questions, but I want to thank you all for participating. Sorry I have to get going now, a lot of work to do preparing for my show Thursday night. I have a few quesitons picked, but will select one to answer live on FOX Sports 1 Thursday night, please watch!

Hi Mike,

Thanks for doing this AMA!

My question is have you been able to defeat yourself in the game “Mike Tyson’s Punch Out?”

Never ever!

Hi Mike,

Thanks for doing this AMA!

My question is have you been able to defeat yourself in the game “Mike Tyson’s Punch Out?”

I have lost to Glass Joe before.

How was it working with the WWE and how do you feel about being in the Hall of Fame?

Working with the WWE was a life saver. I am the only boxer to be in the WWE HOF as well as the boxing HOF.

Hey Mike, huge fan here. If you could step in the ring with any fighter in history, who would it be? Thank you for doing this, glad to know you're still doing what you love.

Me of course - Mike Tyson

Hey Mike, do you still do much with pigeons? Are there any other birds you're into?

I still have my Pigeons, about 2500 still. Only Pigeons though - no other birds.

Considering that you guys are on good ground now, do you and Evander Holyfields joke about the ear incident that happened decades ago?

Nah not really.

do you regret telling that guy you were going to eat his children?

Yeah I guess I do

Hey champ, do you think you could have taken Dredrick Tatum in a fight?

No I can't beat anyone anymore.

Is there anything you've seen written or said about yourself in the media that you want everyone to know is absolutely not true?

The part where they say I am a bad person.

What are some of the most important things that you've learned in life?

You have to be humble in life, and if you are not humble, life will make you humble.

What is your biggest achievement in life?

Stop drinking and using drugs.

What is your biggest achievement in life?

And being a present father.

Mike could you explain the face tattoo for us?

It is the Maui symbol from the ancient native warriors.

Iron Mike! How was it to hit Zach Galifianakis?

Well I didn't really hit Zach, but he is a good sport.

hey mike, big fan here and love what you've done for the sport as well as your recent involvement in MMA and pranking dana on his plane.

my question to you is this; why do you love MMA so much?

Because it is real raw and exciting.

Mike Tyson!! Big fan Mike not only of you as a fighter but you as a person as well.

How close were you with Tupac? What's your favorite memory of him?

He was a really good guy, really nice guy, really close good friend of mine. Favorite memory was when I saw him in a club and he got on the mic and really took over the party - he was 19 years old then.

Hey Champ,

As a former professional athlete that was suspended from boxing after your biting incident, what are your thoughts on Luis Suarez getting suspended from the World Cup for his habit of biting opponents? What drives highly competitive athletes to bite? Is it all instinct? Intimidation? Do you think he got what he should have, with regards to suspension (he's done it THREE times)?

I think it is just the heat of the moment, really hot blooded and really competitive. The heat of the moment takes over us, we are really competitive and lose bad judgement in our thinking. Sometimes you can just become highly frustrated.

Hello Mr. Tyson! I have a friend, huge fan, who wanted me to ask you a couple questions, and I'm just as eager to hopefully see an answer!

  1. I think he would have done well in any era.

  2. Floyd, I don't know. He has beaten everyone he has fought. He is the cream of the crop.

  1. I think he would have done well in any era.

  2. Floyd, I don't know. He has beaten everyone he has fought. He is the cream of the crop.

I would love to see him fight Pacquiao though.

Hardest opponent you've faced inside and outside of the boxing ring?

Me, Mike Tyson.

What's your favorite song to sing to?

Oh man...

Any song really, nothing in particular.

I've recently started training at a boxing gym. What workouts did you like for working head movement and defense besides sparring?

Thanks for doing this AMA.

Just having someone throw punches at your head and you can't throw back - that is how you develop good defense.

Mike, got any words of advice to kids / teens who want to take up boxing?

You have to be dedicated, you have to have a monogamous relationship to it. You have to be dedicated to it and have to respect it.

I have a fighter Erikson Lubin who displays all of these characteristics, it is his life - I tell him this all the time. He has to be married to it and dedicated to it.

Hello Mr. Tyson, Who do you think does the best impression of you? Thanks!

Maybe Jamie Fox.

Hey Mike, how has New York changed since you were growing up?

Too many people, so many cameras, it's just overwhelming.

I even went to my old neighborhood, it was a dangerous neighborhood growing up - now there is a Whole Foods down there - they are building the neighborhoods up now, there is no more ghettos.

Sometimes I go to my old neighborhood, and think to myself was my whole life a lie - you don't see the bunch of guys hanging out on the corner anymore, now you see a whole bunch of white people.

Yo Champ,

You ever go to Story Farms as a kid in Catskill?

I may have, I don't remember.


No way!

Mike, what do you think of the movie Fight Club?

Definitely entertaining.

When you were younger what was your dream?

To be heavyweight champion of the world.

Thank you for doing this AMA! My girlfriend is one of your biggest fans. She's going to flip when I tell her it's going on.

My question is if you were only going to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what song would it be?

Maybe one of Stevie Wonders songs.

Hey Mike, Big fan.

As a borderline alcoholic myself, what helped you the most on your road to recovery from addiction?

Going to meetings, having a sponsor and staying away from old places, people and things.

Going to meetings, having a sponsor and staying away from old places, people and things.

Also working on spirituality and a lot of praying.

Hey Mike, What is your most memorable knockout punch?

I don't even remember... all of them!

Blessed by Mike Tyson at Birth: Hi Mike, I have a question about a story I've been telling people my whole life. Let me start by saying this is a second-hand account, as i was in the womb at the time. 1 day before my Mother went into labor in Los Angeles, 1988, she was rushed to the hospital by my Dad. Unable to find help at the front door, my Dad ran into the hospital looking for a wheelchair, and a nurse to assist my pregnant mother. As the story goes, he turned a corner to see you with two friends, or members of your entourage. Instantly recognizing you, he yelled "Mike, Mike.. my wife's about to give birth, can you help?" You immediately found a nurse, got my mother a wheelchair, and before you left, you touched my Mother's stomach and said "everything's going to be alright. He'll be a fighter, I know it." I've always been a big supporter of yours because you helped bring me into this world, and I'll be forever grateful for that.

My question for you is... do you remember this happening? I've been curious my whole life.



I'm going to have to be honest with you, I don't remember that my friend, but thank you very much.

Hey Iron Mike. I'm old enough to have seen your whole career. You were an amazing and punishing boxer. Who was the toughest opponent you ever faced?

Probably Holyfield and Razor Ruddock

What are your thoughts on Al Haymon and how he "protects" his fighters?

Anyone in this business knows you have to match your fighters smart, sometimes people see this as "protecting" them. I am not into that politics of the game, if that is what he does. I am worried about Iron Mike Productions!

I am a promoter as well and if you watch the last fight for my boxer Mendez, you'll see that he was hit after the bell. I believe in fighting for your fighters - I fought to get the belt back for him and this upcoming rematch Thursday night. You have to protect your fighters.

I don't talk negative about anyone, I just want to the best fighters fight the best fighters in the world.

I have never caught a AMA within minutes of it being posted. I finally do, and I can't think of anything amazing to ask. So, Mike, what did you do for 4th of July weekend?

Nothing, I was working - headed down to Miami to work for my upcoming fight.

Are we gonna see you in another Comedy Central Roast?

You never know...

How have concusions and head blows affected your health after retirement?

I have no idea, maybe I am able to speak better now.

I went in talking funny and came out talking funny!

How do you feel about O & A's Anthony Cumia being fired by Siriusxm? Do you think he is racist?

In life we all say things we know we shouldn't have said, and sometimes we put it into a context where people absorb it different ways.

I don't think he is a racist, but who am I to judge? People say a lot of bad things about me and my past, but we must learn from mistakes and our history.

Hi Mike! Thanks for doing this AMA. I'd like to ask, what makes a good fighter in your opinion?

His determination and desire to be the best in the world.

What kind of training do you do? Weights, cardio, drills?

Pretty much all of that stuff, simple stuff now.

Hi Mike Tyson! Thank you for doing this AMA. I've been a fan since I was 5 years old and I saw your fight against Michael Spinks. You got me into boxing and I never looked back. I sometimes wish I could walk out to the sound of chains wearing only black shorts, black shoes, no socks. Back in 2011, you did a meet and greet at a local hobby shop in Las Vegas. I was on my bachelor party then and just happened to stumble across the store and see that you were appearing for photos that day. Being a long time fan, my buddies helped paid to take a photo with you. It was one of the best presents my friends could have done for me. http://i.imgur.com/okn0IOL.jpg

There are so many questions I want to ask, but what's your favorite punch or combo? My favorite combo you deploy is the right hook to the body to right uppercut. It's so devastating and fast. Before they can react to the body blow, you've already knocked their teeth out!

Left jab, straight right hand. One/two.. boom boom

I throw it real fast because my objective is to hear those two punches sound as close to one as possible. My intention is to knock him out, but my objective is to make the two punches sound as close to one as possible.

Iron Mike, honored that you might be reading this - huge fan of yours brother. Now that you're making the transition into promoting, how will your philosophy differ from those who promoted your fights as an athlete?

Basically I want to match my fighters against guys of equal quality. I think those make the best fights, I just want to give fans exciting fights. They need to matched up evenly and need to be action fighters, guys that throw a lot of punches.

Mike, my family and i used to get up in the middle of the night (Europe) to watch you fight. It was worth it.

You had anger, but beside that. What is your main motivation tips for people to achieve great things?

Stay dedicated.

Hi Mike! Thanks for doing this.

What is your opinion on the current state of heavyweight boxing (or boxing in general), is it in a good place or not?

It is not as good as it could be. I think once promoters start putting their fighters in fights they might lose, it will bring out the best in boxing. The sport has to improve at giving the fans what they want. Too many promoters promote fighters, but I want to promote boxing.

My fighter Mendez might lose on Thursday night, but I want to give boxing fans good entertaining boxing. As long as the fans are entertained I am happy.

Hey Mike. Lets be honest here, you used to be a scary ass dude. You've said recently that that was just an act but I'm curious, was it? Or did you simply mellow with years?

Combination of both. Intimidating my opponents was one of my tactics, but I have mellowed over the years.

Do you think you can beat Buzz Aldrin's AMA that is running in parallel?

I probably won't... I have never gone to the moon.

If Buzz had got into the ring with me I could have sent him to the moon without the rocket ship.

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Mike Tyson conducted on Reddit on 2014-07-08. The Reddit AMA can be found here.