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67 Powerful Mike Tyson Quotes To Motivate You

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Mike Tyson, also known as “Iron Mike” and “The Baddest Man On The Planet,” is an American retired pro boxer who fought between 1985 to 2005. He was considered one of the hardest hitters in heavyweight history and even won his first 19 professional fights by knockout! Mike relentlessly studied his craft in order to improve and become one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.

Check out these motivational Mike Tyson quotes to fuel you in wanting to succeed!

Here are 67 Motivational Mike Tyson Quotes:

1. “I’ll fight anybody my trainer puts me in with because I’m confident I can beat any fighter in the world. If anybody can see I’m almost a master at evading punches coming at me.” – Mike Tyson

2. “You need to learn independence. You have to be independent – it builds character.” – Mike Tyson

3. “We all have struggles in life but we have to continue to fight.” – Mike Tyson

4. “Everybody thinks this is a tough man’s sport. This is not a tough man’s sport. This is a thinking man’s sport. A tough man is gonna get hurt real bad in this sport.” – Mike Tyson

5. “Most fighters are the most humble people in the world because they’ve gotten their ass kicked before.” – Mike Tyson

6. “Fighting is not physical, fighting is spiritual. It’s the determination and the will in the guy.” – Mike Tyson

7. “I’m scared every time I go into the ring, but it’s how you handle it. What you have to do is plant your feet, bite down on your mouthpiece and say, ‘Let’s go.” – Mike Tyson

8. “Every win, regardless a good or bad one, gives you more confidence.” – Mike Tyson

9. “I’m gonna make sure you talk about me, and your grandkids and kids after that gonna know about me…your great-grandkids will say “wow, wasn’t that a bizarre individual?” – Mike Tyson

10. “I don’t try to intimidate anybody before a fight. That’s nonsense. I intimidate people by hitting them.” – Mike Tyson

11. “Any man can do what he has to do. But doing it like you love it? That is what takes it to a whole different level. A champion does it like he loves it, even when he doesn’t.” – Mike Tyson

12. “There’s nothing wrong with making mistakes, just don’t make the same ones. We don’t want to duplicate them.” – Mike Tyson

13. “Many times I quit boxing even before I became a professional boxer” – Mike Tyson

14. “Man is not meant to be humble, he’s meant to be humbled.” – Mike Tyson

15. “Everyone says “I wish I was in your shoes…”, the hundreds of people that wish they were in my shoes don’t know the tenth of it. If they were in my shoes they would cry like a baby.” – Mike Tyson

16. “It’s good to be successful and have financial status but if you’re only gonna live for the money, you’re only gonna reach a certain status and I’m in there for greatness and peace of mind.” – Mike Tyson

17. “Our money is bait money, and bait money is not to be used.” – Mike Tyson

18. “Fear is your best friend or your worst enemy. It’s like fire. If you can control it, it can cook for you; it can heat your house. If you can’t control it, it will burn everything around you and destroy you.” – Mike Tyson

19. “That’s what people respect, the fact that I wasn’t a chump that laid on his back and gave up.” – Mike Tyson

20. “If you don’t do it for passion and love, the emotional outcome will be disastrous.” – Mike Tyson

21. “Fighting is a sport if you’re not humble it’s going to bring humbleness to you.” – Mike Tyson

22. “When you have something in life that you want to accomplish greatly, you have to be willing to give up your happiness…I’ve lost all my sensitivity as far as being embarrassed, being shy, you just have to lose that.” – Mike Tyson

23. “Hard times fall upon everybody. Whatever it is, we’re going to get out of it.” – Mike Tyson

24. “That equals to being a fool, having fame and no fortune. A lot of guys out there have fame doing this and doing that, but they are broke.” – Mike Tyson

25. “Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people; greatness is being accepted by the people.” – Mike Tyson

26. “You come home, and you party. But after that, you get a hangover. Everything about that is negative.” – Mike Tyson

27. “Unfortunately, sometimes you can’t have fun accomplishing your goals. Sometimes people don’t have the determination, the will, the steadfastness, the tenacity, they give in under the slightest struggle.” – Mike Tyson

28. “Fear is the greatest obstacle to learning.” – Mike Tyson

29. “A man who was friendly with everyone was an enemy to himself.” – Mike Tyson

30. “Anger is my biggest enemy in life.” – Mike Tyson

31. “If I have to live at the top of the world, I also have to live at the bottom of the ocean. I don’t know how to live in the middle of life.” – Mike Tyson

32. “A good fighter needs to be diligent, committed and disciplined doing what you hate to do but do it like you love it.” – Mike Tyson

33. “I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.” – Mike Tyson

34. “In order for me to achieve… I had to regard myself greater than what I was. In other words, I had to fake it until I make it.” – Mike Tyson

35. “You stand your ground and you perform your art. That’s what the artist does. The artist is about perfection.” – Mike Tyson

36. “I can’t change myself. I’m Mike Tyson. I’m a regular kid from the ghetto striving to do something positive with myself. I happen to fight well.” – Mike Tyson

37. “In order to succeed greatly, you have to be prepared to fail greatly. If you can’t do both of them, you’ve got a problem.” – Mike Tyson

38. “As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.” – Mike Tyson

39. “God lets everything happen for a reason. It’s all a learning process, and you have to go from one level to another.” – Mike Tyson

40. “I’m the biggest fighter in the history of the sport. If you don’t believe it, check the cash register.” – Mike Tyson

41. “I have the same malice in my heart as far as the fight game is concerned, but outside the ring, I won’t say anything a dignified man won’t say.” – Mike Tyson

42. “One must never allow fear to develop and build-up without having control over it because if you don’t you won’t be able to achieve your objective or save your life.” – Mike Tyson

43. “Whatever you want, especially when you’re striving to be the best in the world at something, there’ll always be disappointments, and you can’t be emotionally tied to them, because they’ll break your spirit.” – Mike Tyson

44. “My style was impetuous, my defenses were impregnable, and I was ferocious.” – Mike Tyson

45. “The tempt for greatness is the biggest drug in the world.” – Mike Tyson

46. “Some people try to get you out of slavery for you to be their slave.” – Mike Tyson

47. “The ability to apply the discipline, the ability to do what needs to be done no matter how he feels inside, in my opinion, is the definition of a true professional.” – Mike Tyson

48. “It’s good to know how to read, but it’s dangerous to know how to read and not how to interpret what you’re reading.” – Mike Tyson

49. “The only thing I do is just pray for inspiration, for a way of thinking, because I don’t have any particular goal in sight.” – Mike Tyson

50. “Everyone that you fight is not your enemy and everyone who helps you is not your friend.” – Mike Tyson

51. “Social media made y’all way too comfortable with disrespecting people and not getting punched in the face for it.” – Mike Tyson

52. “Sometimes I’d give my mother a hundred bucks and she wouldn’t pay me back. She didn’t respect me like that. I’d say, ‘You owe me some money, Ma.’ And she’d just say, ‘You owe me your life, boy. I’m not paying you back.’” – Mike Tyson

53. “I had to persevere because this was my life. This championship, this was the stuff I dreamt of all my life, and I wasn’t gonna be denied.” – Mike Tyson

54. “I’m in trouble because I’m normal and slightly arrogant. A lot of people don’t like themselves and I happen to be totally in love with myself.” – Mike Tyson

55. “If they don’t have that extreme addict personality, you can never understand how a guy can blow 300 or 400 million dollars. If I have to live at the top of the world, I also have to live at the bottom of the ocean. I don’t know how to live in the middle of life.” – Mike Tyson

56. “Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.” – Mike Tyson

57. “You can’t be disturbed by anything. There’s no emotion involved. You can’t feel sorrow, you can’t feel pity, there’s nothing you feel. The job has to be done.” – Mike Tyson

58. “I don’t react to a tragic happening any more. I took so many bad things as a kid and some people think I don’t care about anything. It’s just too hard for me to get emotional. I can’t cry no more.”- Mike Tyson

59. “Another thing that freaks me out is time. Time is like a book. You have a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s just a cycle.”- Mike Tyson

60. “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself. It’s an illusion of fear. Fear is an illusion. If you gonna die, you gonna die anyway; it’s not something to fear, fear is not gonna help.”- Mike Tyson

61. “I just want to do what I do best, and that’s fight. I love it.”- Mike Tyson

62. “When I fight someone, I want to break his will. I want to take his manhood. I want to rip out his heart and show it to him.”- Mike Tyson

63. “I’m not much for talking. You know what I do. I put guys in body bags when I’m right.”- Mike Tyson

64. “I’m a bad guy. But if I was a good guy, nobody would want to pay to see me fight.”- Mike Tyson

65. “Lennox is a conqueror? No! He’s no Alexander! I’m Alexander! I’m the best ever. I’m Sonny Liston. I’m Jack Dempsey. There’s never been anyone like me. I’m from their cloth.”- Mike Tyson

66. “There is no one who can match me.”- Mike Tyson

67. “Without struggle, there is no progress. There has to be a struggle in your life.”- Mike Tyson

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