For the first time in years, Hall of Fame boxer Mike Tyson will be headlining an event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
He won't be fighting anyone, however. Instead he will be debuting Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth — Live on Stage, his one-man show that will run from April 13-18.
For over a hour, the ex-boxer will spill stories about his life and career.
We caught up with Mike a little while ago, and during our candid discussion, we talked about his show, his tumultuous relationship with Robin Givens, his past issues with drugs, and who he thinks wins between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Check it out below!
GlobalGrind: Talk about the show.
Mike Tyson: It’s going to be a dynamic collection of stories from my life, and it’s going to be pretty interesting.
Did you write the material?
My wife, basically. I told my wife about the incidents and the occurrences in my life, and she put a little bit of her spin on it. And I’ll deliver it with my personality.
When did you realize you had a knack for comedy?
I’ve never pictured myself as a comedian. I’m just a guy that likes to entertain people. I’m a storyteller; I’m not a comedian. I’m too dark and jaded to be a comedian.
You still feel like you're dark and jaded?
Oh, absolutely. I don’t know, maybe that’s being in touch with my fears. Maybe that’s just my biggest outlet.
What kind of stories are you going to be telling during your show?
About my career, about my mother, my cuz, my marriages with Robin (Givens). During our divorce we were f*cking. And one day, I’m going to her house to bone her again and no one’s home, and I’m leaving and she’s pulling up with Brad Pitt, and I’m sad because I’m not going to get any more p**sy.
That’s pretty random — to see her with Brad Pitt.
Oh, he wasn’t Brad Pitt back then. He was just some little beach-bum-looking dude. “Hey dude” kind of guy. He was probably selling his body for money or something, I don’t know. He was very pretty.
Did you recognize him?
No, I didn’t know who he was. It was '88. I wasn’t thinking about attacking him. I was just depressed I couldn’t bone her no more. 'Cause I beat the p**sy up' (singing Loverance’s “Up.”)
Not being able to have sex with Robin was the first thing on your mind?
Yeah, I think so. “F*ck, I’m not going to f*ck no more.” I was just stupid — divorced and still p*ssy-whipped. I’m such a schmuck (laughs).
It’s surprising that your first reaction wasn’t to put hands on Brad.
I wasn’t thinking about that. I just wanted some p**sy, man. After I killed the guy I wasn’t going to get no p**sy anyway, so what the hell.
How crazy was it dealing with women back then?
My mother was a prostitute, so I didn’t understand women. My mother was one of those women who was in the sex industry, so I didn’t have respect for them. I just thought that was their purpose.
Just not to be treated well. My strongest women figure, I saw her get humiliated constantly, so if I see my strongest women figure in my life become humiliated constantly that’s what I’m going to do to women in general, right? I’ve been in love before, but I’ve never been committed before. This is my first time ever being committed.
After Robin, you got married again. Was that marriage similar to the first?
Yeah, I was just cheating and stuff. I wanted to do the right thing, but I didn't know how to. Once I wanted to f*ck somebody, I don’t think about the consideration, what’s going to happen if I do that. I just do it. I just responded like a child. I just really started growing up a year or two ago.
It’s only been a year?
Yeah, I’m really restricted in my life now. I don’t go nowhere without my wife and kids. I don’t put myself in positions like I did when I was younger.
Did that come from your latest wife?
If only you could have met her 20 years earlier.
No, because then we wouldn’t have been the people we came out to be. We wouldn’t be able to handle adversity the way we’re able to handle it now.
How do you think Robin feels about this show?
Well, unfortunately, she was part of my life. I don’t know how she thinks about it. But she used to go to these colleges where she would speak about me beating her up and stuff. She gives dissertations at colleges about domestic abuse, and I’m the top subject. I can’t stop her from that — that was part of her life. Just as she can’t stop me from saying what I said, as long as it’s truthful, because it’s part of my life.
Do you remember the last time you talked to her?
No. I saw her one time at 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Trying premiere. I was high and sh*t.
What were you high on?
Do you still get high?
I haven’t gotten high in three and a half years.
Did you get high during your boxing days?
I used to a little bit — smoke some weed, then fight and knock a muthaf*cka out. Just smoking weed and sh*t.
How do you feel about your boxing years?
I don’t think about them. I want to do my new life. The past is history and the present is a mystery.
There’s pain there. A lot of pain there. I want to start a positive note and I want to be proud of this career. I’m not really proud of that one. I’m glad that one is over. This one has a future for me and my family. Boxing: that’s the dark side, and this is the light.
You just got inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. How does that feel?
That was amazing, man.
Do you follow wrestling?
Pretty much, yeah.
You don’t like boxing, but you like wrestling?
Yeah, it’s soap opera for men.
Would you ever consider hopping in the ring?
Oh, I’d love to do that, especially if my injuries don’t flare up.
What kind of injuries do you have?
Neck, legs, back, shoulders, from motorcycle accidents and street fights.
When’s the last street fight you got into?
Not too long ago. I had that fight with the guy at the airport.
He was bothering my family with the cameras. I guess I was a little pissed off. It was just a bad day. He’s a good guy, though.
So you feel bad, even though he kind of initiated things?
Yeah, but he was a decent guy, and he really didn’t deserve that. He was just trying to earn a living. He didn’t make much money. He was right and I was wrong.
Do people like you more after your appearance on The Hangover?
I don’t know. I live my life sometimes from what I remember it, and I remember I should be careful and not say many things. For a long time I never said what I really felt and believed. And for a long time I never believed what I said.
Who was trying to censor you?
My family — my wife doesn’t want me to be in trouble. I might say something bad about somebody. I might say the N-word. God forgive if I did that. God forgive if they might take a show from me or a sponsorship, I might have to commit suicide. 'Mike, sorry you can’t be with us no more because you made a comment against liberal rights.' I don’t say nothing. I’m everybody’s friend right now, I guess.
Do you still like rap?
Of course I like rap. If you don’t like rap and you’re a ethnicity, you’re a sell-out.
You get mentioned a lot in raps. How does that make you feel?
I feel honored. And I do my best to mention them, too, every time I get a chance.
And finally, who are you taking: Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather?
I don’t think they want to hurt each other enough to fight each other.
But come on, there’s $50 million on the table for each.
Listen, if there was $5 million — these guys should want to fight because they hate the fact that somebody thinks that somebody else is better than them. That was my problem, I hated the fact that somebody else said they were better than me.