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(You Jackin’ It?) Mike Tyson On Early Dominance: ‘Almost Like Masturbating’

Always good for an interesting, baffling and insightful quote, Mike Tyson made an appearance on The Gridlock on ESPN Las Vegas and discussed many topics, from going 130 mph on a motorcycle, his appearances in both Hangover films but perhaps most enlightening, what follows is how the man himself now views his brutal dominance during his prime (via Sports Radio Interviews):

If he realized how dominant and intimidating he was back in his prime:

“No, but even if that wasn’t the fact, I still would have believed because I was so full of myself, I didn’t have time to think of any of that. I was just so oblivious to that stuff.”

But was he having fun at that time?

“Yeah, yeah, it was a lot of fun. But it was almost like masturbating, you know? I was having a lot of fun but you’re not producing anything, you know?”

Boy, do I ever know what he means with that statement. Um, metaphorically speaking, of course. Yeah.

Moving on, not only did we get the benefit of that Tysonism, Iron Mike also riffed on a classic quote with the following Groucho Marx reference:

On his induction into the Hall of Fame:

“I’m always pretty weary of any club or organization that wants me as a member.”

Boy, do I ever know what he means with that statement. And it’s a helluva lot better than offering up a Richard Marx reference, but I suppose that goes without saying. Metaphorically speaking, of course. Wait, that doesn’t make any sense. But then again, most stuff Mike Tyson says doesn’t make much sense. On the surface. But if you peel away the layers, Tyson is always willing to offer up some revealing, albeit off kilter, wisdom. Metaphorically speaking. It almost makes you wish you could just fade into Bolivian.

Note: for those not in the know – and if that’s the case, shame on you – here’s the background to the “You jackin’ it?” reference.

Mike Tyson Compares Former Life and Career to Masturbation: “I was having a lot of fun but you’re not producing anything, you know?” [Sports Radio Interviews]