Mike Tyson Admits Being Selfish During His Early Days – ‘My Conscience Was My D***’

Published 01/16/2021, 12:30 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 09: Former boxer Mike Tyson inducts Evander Holyfield (not pictured) into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at the second annual induction gala at the New Tropicana Las Vegas on August 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson, the heavyweight icon, has witnessed severe extremity, both in success and failure. He claims to have had a selfish nature in the past. Although Tyson doesn’t promote that, he still billed several legends of having a similar egocentric nature.

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According to ‘Iron’ Mike people often have the right to be selfish, considering their past and where they come from. However, he still doesn’t support the condition and urges everyone to be humble.

While Mike Tyson has been through several dark days, he says, life humbles everyone at the end as it did to him. In his prime, Mike Tyson was a huge trash-talker. However, he has evolved through the dark phases to turn out as a heavyweight historian. Speaking with Ryan Garcia in his latest podcast, the heavyweight great revealed some insights into his mind.

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When Garcia asked him on meeting successful and selfish people, Tyson said, “I met a lot of them you know, (most of them are selfish) and some of them have the right to be so but its nit just right. Even though you have the right to be that way, naturally it shouldn’t be that way.  We should all take our beatings in the end and just be humbled by them instead of being embedded by them.”

When asked whether he was selfish, Tyson continued, “Absolutely,  that’s all I knew. My conscience was my d***. Oh, selfish, I am the youngest champ ever. I deserve a heart at work, I come from nothing. And then life told me you know, life humbles you.”

Mike Tyson- Then and Now

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Tyson seems much matured in his dotage, and he also claims to be humble now. He is no longer the brashy young trash talker. However, he is still one of the most popular personalities in the world.

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: American professional boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference following a boxing masterclass for RCC Boxing Promotions boxers and children at the Martial Arts Academy established by the Russian Copper Company. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)

Aged 54, he is still a fighter, promoter, and has several more business ventures. He is no longer inclined towards controversy and remains as one of the best heavyweight boxers of all-time in the sport.

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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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