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Mike Tyson Reveals He Started Fighting for the Love of Birds on 'Taking on Tyson' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 4:57AM
Mike Tyson, 'Taking on Tyson'Mike Tyson has certainly had an interesting career path, with many ups and downs, and quite a few dark asides along the way. In 'Taking on Tyson' (Sun., 10PM ET on Animal Planet) we meet the kinder and gentler animal lover at the root of the boxing legend.

In fact, were it not for his love of birds, Tyson might have never taken up fighting at all. "People would take my jewelry, take my clothes, people would rob me, beat me up," he said of his childhood.

That changed when he was robbed of some of his birds and confronted one of the thieves, still holding one alive.

When Tyson demanded the bird back, the kid killed the bird and smeared its blood on Tyson's face. "Here you can have it," the kid said mockingly, and that's when Tyson snapped and a fighting legend was born. Luckily for that kid, Tyson wasn't nearly the lethal weapon he would become later.

It was a long journey from such a gruesome beginning to some of the horrific acts of Tyson's own life, but he's hoping to show that he's mellowing in his middle years, finding peace and happiness in the feathered friends that kept him happy before he was known to anyone.

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ANGELOCOOL

HEY MIKE U SHOULD RIPPED THE PUNKS HEAD OFF ALSO , ANYONE WHO HURTS ANY ANIMAL ,IS A PUNK , AND NEEDS SOME PAIN , I HAD MANY BIRDS , AND ANYONE WHO CAN HURT A BIRD NEEDS SOME HOSPITAL TIME , THE LOOSER

March 08 2011 at 8:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R G MILLER

hummm.... well.....check out some internet entainment.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0DTUhJFM28..The Wave Matter Machine......and tell someone.

March 08 2011 at 1:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
I Love Mommy :)

Hi Oscar

March 07 2011 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
heardjc

still the chump

March 07 2011 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eab820

Still the Champ !

March 07 2011 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gdbaker1

stop padding this losers pockets and showing his stupid looking tattooed face.

March 07 2011 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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