Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:13

Mike Tyson: Top 25 quotes

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Enter 1989.

Hot tracks from the rap super-group Public Enemy can be heard booming from the ever-merging traffic and lively apartment buildings of the inner cities and urban areas.

'Iron' Mike Tyson is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He is in his prime, at the peak of his popularity, and sometimes referred to as the 'baddest man on the planet.'

Fast forward a quarter century to the present.

Who would of thought Tyson would go on to become an entertainer and somewhat of an actor/comedian in his post boxing life?

Usually shocking, often humorous, sometimes deeply philosophical, and at other times totally bizarre and baffling, many of his public statements have been outrageous and controversial. However, for a former prizefighter, promoter and quasi-celebrity, Tyson has provided some highly entertaining commentary.

For the media, paparazzi and late night talk shows, he's been like the gift that keeps on giving.

Could 'Iron' Mike be one of the most colorful and puzzling characters to ever lace up a pair of gloves?

Check out some of his more intriguing quotes that he's made over the years:

1)"I'm a Muslim, but I think Jesus would have a drink with me. He would be cool. He would talk to me."

2) "Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth."

3) "I just have this thing inside me that wants to eat and conquer. Maybe it's egotistical, but I have it in me. I don't want to be a tycoon. I just want to conquer people and their souls."

4) Reporter: "They determined that you were suffering from depression, low self-esteem, and that you had problems with anger management. How have you tried to address those problems?"

Tyson: "That's all they said was wrong with me?"

5) "It's no doubt I am going to win this fight and I feel confident about winning this fight. I normally don't do interviews with women unless I fornicate with them. So you shouldn't talk anymore... unless you want to, you know."

6) "My power is discombobulatingly devastating. I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It's ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm."

7) When asked about the benefits of being a vegan: "I don't think it's been long enough for that kind of Zen sh*t."

8) "I was gonna rip his heart out. I'm the best ever. I'm the most brutal and vicious, the most ruthless champion there has ever been. No one can stop me. Lennox is a conqueror? No! He's no Alexander! I'm Alexander! I'm the best ever. I'm Sonny Liston. I'm Jack Dempsey. There's never been anyone like me. I'm from their cloth. There is no one who can match me. My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I'm the ferocious. I want his heart! I want to eat his children! Praise be to Allah!" (Footage below)

9) "Sometimes I put on a ski mask and dress in old clothes, go out on the streets and beg for quarters."

10) "I ain't the same person I was when I bit that guy's ear off."

11) "It's good to know how to read, but it's dangerous to know how to read and not know how to interpret what you're reading."

12) "I try to catch them right on the tip of his nose because I try to punch the bone into the brain."

13) "When I fight someone, I want to break his will. I want to take his manhood. I want to rip out his heart and show it to him."

14) "You [Razor Ruddock] are sweet. I'm going to make sure you kiss me good with those big lips. I'm gonna make you my girlfriend."

15) "My biggest weakness is my sensitivity. I am too sensitive a person."

16) On the Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara: "You know, physically, he was just a [expletive; old-fashioned term for cat]."

17) "They called me a 'rapist' and a 'recluse.' I'm not a recluse."

18) "I'm on the Zoloft to keep from killing y'all."

19) On Tyrell Biggs: "He was screamin' like my wife."

20) "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."

21) "I'm scared every time I go into the ring, but it's how you handle it. What you have to do is plant your feet, bite down on your mouthpiece
and say, 'let's go!'"

22) "I'm the most brutal and ruthless conqueror there has ever been."

23) "I know how hard it is to be a woman, especially a black woman."

24) "Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn't have a cent."

25) "I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds."