The greatest Mike Tyson quotes of all time

Iron Mike returns to the ring for the first time in more than 15 years to face Roy Jones Jr on November 28 exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office HD. Remind yourself of the man 'Iron Mike' used to be ahead of the big night with some of his greatest quotes.

By George Mills Published: 19 May 2021 - 4.57pm

One of the most captivating characters in sporting history will return to write another chapter in a legendary career as Mike Tyson comes out of retirement on Saturday 28 November to face Roy Jones Jr.

"Iron Mike" has not fought since 2005 but announced his return earlier this year in typically poetic fashion, claiming: "The gods of war have reawakened me. They've ignited my ego and want me to go to war again."

Over the course of his storied 20-year tenure in the fight game, Tyson forged a reputation as one of the most ferocious competitors ever to have graced a boxing ring.

His highlight-reel knockouts blasted him to superstardom as he relieved men of their consciousness with almost supernatural power - but underneath his malicious exterior, Tyson carried a quiet intelligence that produced some of the most memorable quotes in boxing history.

Here BT Sport delves into the archives to pick out some of his very best.

Mike Tyson's greatest quotes


"Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth."


"I love to hit people. I love to. Most celebrities are afraid someone's going to attack them. I want someone to attack me. No weapons. Just me and him. I like to beat men and beat them bad."

"Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a cent."


"I try to catch them right on the tip of his nose because I try to punch the bone into the brain."

“I’m addicted to perfection. Problem with my life is I was always also addicted to chaos. Perfect chaos.”


“I just have this thing inside me that wants to eat and conquer. Maybe it's egotistical, but I have it in me. I don't want to be a tycoon. I just want to conquer people and their souls."


"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."


"I'm the best ever. I'm the most brutal and vicious, and most ruthless champion there's ever been. There's no one can stop me. Lennox is a conqueror? No, I'm Alexander, he's no Alexander. I'm the best ever. There's never been anybody as ruthless. I'm Sonny Liston,I'm Jack Dempsey. There's no one like me. I'm from their cloth. There's no one that can match me. My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I'm just ferocious. I want your heart. I want to eat his children." 


"I don't understand why people would want to get rid of pigeons. They don't bother no one.”


"My power is discombobulatingly devastating. I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It's ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm.”


BT Sport presents the 'Lockdown Knockdown' on Saturday 28 November as Daniel Dubois faces Joe Joyce for domestic heavyweight supremacy before Mike Tyson settles the score with Roy Jones Jr overnight from Las Vegas.

BT Sport subscribers can tuck into Dubois vs Joyce as part of their existing package before tuning into BT Sport Box Office HD as two legends collide in Tyson vs Jones Jr.