By now, Mike Tyson’s rags-to-riches-by-way-of-boxing story is as familiar to most as are his world championships that launched him into mega stardom.
He was arrested 38 times before the age of 13 and leaving him in the care of boxing manager and trainer Cus D’Amato, who would become his legal guardian and the reason for his boxing success.
Iron Mike’s fiercely competitive spirit, determination and one punch knockout power are the stuff of legend, and the path to his many victories.
At one time he was the baddest man on the planet, a undisputed world heavyweight champion at 20 who destroyed anyone who got in his way, and in jail for rape six years later.
Ten years after retiring, Tyson is now a boxing promoter, author and spent the Easter weekend in Pittsburgh.
“I don’t celebrate holidays really because I’m a Muslim. We have kids and we don’t really celebrate that stuff. My kids really don’t get it yet, so maybe I have to get their grandfather to move in because he’s a Imam. So the kids have to have a little Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter,” said Mike Tyson. “This is my first time in Pittsburgh and I’m enjoying the city. I used to live in Youngstown, Ohio when I fought for Don King and one time I drove a friend to the Greyhound bus station in Pittsburgh but I didn’t hang out.”