INSANE! Mike Tyson Willing to Pay $2 Million for a Pigeon

Published 02/19/2021, 12:30 PM EST
WALSALL, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 18: Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson meets up with a pigeon fancier Horace Potts (L), of Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands on November 18, 2005 in Walsall, England. Tyson who is well known for his love of pigeons dropped in to the home of pigeon fancier Horace Watts whilst on route to Birmingham, England, for a hotel dinner boxing event. (Photo by Stringer/Getty Images)


Heavyweight legend Mike Tyson has often walked out of the box to entertain the fans with his activities. Often, he did them for his own benefit, but the media and fans didn’t fail to put it in the spotlight.

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Starting from his luxurious mansions, to wild pets, to girlfriends, Tyson could never hide his personal life from the world. That said, he remains a public figure and doesn’t hesitate to reveal his life in front of the world. It is no secret that Mike Tyson is fond of pigeons and has always sheltered them at his place.

Prior to his boxing return against Roy Jones Jr, the heavyweight great was spotted feeding his pigeons from home. So, it’s evident that Mike Tyson is still fond of it, especially when he claimed he would pay $2million for one pigeon.

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It might sound absurd, but in his recent podcast alongside Cesar Millan, Tyson revealed that he wouldn’t mind paying the price, considering the roots of that pigeon. According to Tyson, marketers determine the price based on the breed.

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“Why is one pigeon worth $2 and one worth $2 million? You know why? It’s because of who his mother was or who his father was. It’s because who their family bloodline was,” said Tyson.

Meanwhile, Tyson deployed a straight answer when he was asked whether he would buy a pigeon worth $2 million.

“But I would, it’s worth it (on paying $2 million for a pigeon). Sometimes they trace them (pigeons) back from the crusades, bloodline,” added the heavyweight boxer.

Mike Tyson and his love for animals

Tyson always had an eye for different animals. Back in his prime, he used to pet wild tigers and pigeons. According to reports, he put a lot of money into buying the animals. But, after he was declared bankrupt in 2003, Tyson had to part ways with all his pet creatures.

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While he has regained his riches in fashion, Tyson never had his eyes on tigers again. He only prefers to pet pigeons and wouldn’t mind shelling out a lot for the right pigeon.

Do you think Mike Tyson’s obsession with pigeons is unique?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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