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Steven Thrash

Iron Mike: the legend and legacy of a titan

Posted Friday, March 6, 2015, at 3:50 PM
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  • I agree that Mike would have beaten any heavyweight in history, although he himself would say that Louis and Ali were better. From 1985 -1988 with original team of Cayton and Rooney, Mike was voted the most popular athlete in the world. He was doing commercials on TV for Pepsi Cola, Nintendo Video and Kodak Film. He was hired to be the spokesperson for the NYC Police department, FBI and DEA. Annuities worth millions in his bank. Once Don King got him and surrounded Mike with sociopaths like himself all that was gone.Commercials gone, spokesperson roles gone, millions gone. In the eyes of the world, Mike went from being loved and adored to being the bum of the century. All due to All Don King.

    -- Posted by fitefan on Sat, Mar 7, 2015, at 12:59 PM
  • I imagine, in his own mind, Don King sees himself as a philanthropist. I, on the other hand, completely agree with you, fitefan.

    Between King and all the chaos in Tyson's personal life, "Iron" Mike had no chance to aspire any higher. I still have a copy of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out that I play on my old Ninetendo (NES) console. Love that game, even though I feel like I was stuck on Super Macho Man for like four years. lol!

    Personally, I like Rocky Marciano. He's the only heavyweight champion in history to go undefeated: 49-0 (43 KOs). I'm a film fan, too, so I always envisioned a match-up between Marciano and Tyson, in their primes, akin to Rocky Balboa vs. Clubber Lang from "Rocky III" (1982).

    -- Posted by thrashonsports on Sat, Mar 7, 2015, at 5:00 PM
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