KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson comments and laughs about opponents he KO'd during his prime
  • Tyson called his past opponents "bums"
  • Cus D'Amato influenced Tyson to became ruthless inside the ring

Mike Tyson laughed about how his opponents became millionaires because he was knocking them out in front of everybody.

Arguably the most feared man in the history of boxing, “Iron Mike” made a name for himself by brutally knocking people out inside the ring. Along with his lethal KO power was his bad demeanor. During his prime, Tyson intimidated his opponents by talking trash, insulting, and humiliating them prior to the fight. And though the legendary boxer seems to have moved on from that stage of his life, his latest interview may have shown a glimpse of what “The Baddest Man on the Planet” was like back in the day.

In a video interview with rapper Fat Joe, Tyson commented on his legacy and shared his thoughts about the people he knocked out. Shockingly, the 53-year-old spoke like he used to back in his fighting days and called his past opponents “bums.” He even said that “their mothers don’t even love them” and they made a fortune by getting themselves embarrassed in front of everybody once he knock them out.

“This is what I realized. I realized these guys were in partnership with me. These guys were nobody. These guys never had a job in their life. They’re bums they’re nobodys, their mothers don’t even love them. (But) these guys are millionaires just because I had the ego and I had to knock them out in front of everybody!” Tyson said.

After all, Tyson wasn’t really born a ferocious beast. According to him, it was his late mentor Cus D’Amato who introduced him to boxing and played a huge role in developing “Iron Mike” into a world champion. The pair worked together until the D’Amato’s last days. But just recently, Tyson has revealed the dark side of their relationship.

Mike Tyson Pictured: Former boxer Mike Tyson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 26, 2017. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Writing in his book “Iron Ambition: My Life with Cus D’Amato,” Tyson stated that he didn’t feel good whenever D’Amato would ask him to come over for a talk. In fact, the young Tyson was even “petrified” when he was alone with D’Amato.

As a youngster, Tyson absorbed everything D’Amato infused him and revealed that it was D’Amato who influenced his "I don’t give a damn" attitude which he carried with him almost in his entire career.

“He’d say ‘I don’t care, I’m an animal. They had to kill me to stop me’. Cus fuelled my ‘I don’t give a f---’ attitude,” Tyson stated.

“Every fight I had, Cus would be talking about breaking ribs, exploding livers, pushing a guy’s nose into his brain. But he didn’t shout it– he delivered the message cooly and calmly,” Tyson recalled.