Mike Tyson Drops His Most Powerful Quote of the Decade

Published 08/02/2021, 1:32 AM EDT


Mike Tyson is undoubtedly one of the biggest and the most successful athletes in boxing. From becoming the youngest heavyweight champion to imprisonment to financial ruin to building wildly successful businesses, Mike Tyson has seen it all.

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Throughout his career, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ has shared words of wisdom and has made some iconic statements that still push people to go a step further in life.

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‘Iron’ Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ podcast recently dropped a quote on social media, that could very well be one of the strongest and most powerful quotes that Tyson has ever shared.

Everybody has a price, but not everyone’s price is money,” said Tyson in an Instagram post.

This quote is special because it is also closely linked to the youngest heavyweight champion’s own story of growth and his rise in the sport.

Stepping in ‘Iron’ Mike’s shoes

Mike Tyson has seen all walks of life; back-to-back fights from 1986 to 1989, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion ever, facing imprisonment in the nineties, racking up $600 million, and then going broke in 2003. However, things were not always this big for him.

Growing up in Brownsville, NY shaped the champion in Mike Tyson. He has shared that his experiences in life and his childhood were major factors leading up to his explosive growth in the boxing world.

Tyson has acknowledged that he used to involve himself in gangs, criminal activities, and robbing people within the community from a very young age of eleven.

Yet another famous quote by Mike Tyson captures the struggles he faced throughout his career. It also colorfully captures his rise to the apex of boxing.

Everyone says ‘I wish I was in your shoes’, the hundreds of people that wish they were in my shoes don’t know the tenth of it. If they were in my shoes, they would cry like a baby”.

Brownsville made Mike Tyson a champion

‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ has credited his growth and success to his upbringing in the Brooklyn residential neighborhood. Growing up, he encountered dangerous people, witnessed and took part in petty crimes.

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This was my perspective. If somebody knew you were prepared to kill them, you had all the respect in the world. Isn’t that crazy? If you kill some people, you have respect. Brownsville was fear-based. That’s why I brought my life to the ring.

“Listen, even the audience was afraid. I had that image that fear rules my life,” ‘Iron’ added.

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Mike Tyson is a fighter in and out of the ring. Even at 55, he refuses to hang up his gloves and sink into the pleasures of retirement. After fighting Roy Jones Jr, he has again expressed his desire to go up against veterans like Lennox Lewis. This goes to show that he still has the mindset and the personality of a true champion.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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