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Mike Tyson Talks Hangover Movies, Past Success, Current Happiness, and Hall of Fame

Mike Tyson's current life, he says, revolves around family. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Mike Tyson's current life, he says, revolves around family. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Mike Tyson was a guest on ESPN Las Vegas' Gridlock radio show, and was pretty candid about quite a few things. Here are some highlights, but you can read more here.

On how he would compare the two Hangover movies:

"I don’t know, they’re both great. One of them is more graphic than the other, but other than that, they’re both great. Man, I like No. 2. I like No. 2."

On what Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis are like as guys:

"They’re just young guys that are working hard trying to accomplish being the best in their field. Just regular guys, awesome guys, funny guys, down to earth pretty much real guys, in my presence at least."

To note, critics quite clearly disagree about the two Hangover movies, as the first sits at 79% on Rotten Tomatoes, while the second is at 35%. I haven't seen the second. My wife says it sucked.

After answering a question about one of his daughters, Tyson was asked if he’d ever been in a happier place:

"Well nobody knows what happiness truly is. It’s just a word we express when we feel some exultation in our life. But other than that, this is just something I look forward to doing — cultivating a relationship with my kids. There’s seven or eight of them, all of them have different personalities, so some are more sensitive than others. So you have to get reacquainted with them."

Tyson also says he "should have been arrested back then for having a right to be married" in his earlier life, which he also discussed with a great money quote:

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?"

Tyson also commented on Roy Jones Jr and Bernard Hopkins, and his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame:

On Roy Jones Jr. continuing to try to fight when he seems to have a nice gig that he’s good at commentating for HBO:

"I don’t know if HBO is paying the bills, I don’t know what kind of contract he receives at HBO. I don’t know, it’s just ugly. It’s bad enough when you see a great fighter die, but what’s even worse is when you see the skills die before he does. It doesn’t look good for him right now. He’s been knocked out cold on a consistent basis. Cold, not just boom, count to 10. I mean really knocked unconscious."

What about Hopkins overtaking George Foreman as the oldest heavyweight champion:

"That’s awesome. I wish I could still fight. I’m envious."

On his induction into the Hall of Fame:

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

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