“Iron” Mike Tyson once seemed indestructible in the ring ( his best and toughest fights here) , but the 56-year-old former boxer seems convinced that he doesn’t have much left between us, and that he’s going to die soon.
During an interview with his therapist Sean McFarland on the Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson podcast, Tyson revealed some thoughts about his own mortality during a larger discussion of financial security and the impact of money on one’s happiness.
“We’re all going to die one day, of course,” Tyson told McFarland and fellow guest DJ Whoo Kid. “So when I look in the mirror and see those little spots on my face, I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s my expiration date coming up, real soon.'”
“Even now, money means nothing to me ,” Tyson said earlier on the podcast. “I always tell people: they think money will make them happy; they’ve never had much money. When you have a lot of money, you can’t expect anyone to love you. How am I going to love you? How am I going to confess my love to you when you have $500 billion? It’s just that, the false sense of security. You think nothing can happen. You don’t think banks can crash. You think you’re invincible when you have a lot of money, which is not true. That’s why I always say that money is a false sense of security.
This isn’t the first moment of major public introspection for Tyson, who has had a long and controversial career – most recently hitting himself on a plane – and who boasts perhaps the strongest punch in the boxing world , nor is it the first. time he talks about his eventual death. During a psychedelics conference in Miami last fall, Tyson revealed that he had used Sonoran Desert toad venom for psychedelic purposes 53 times in his life, and “died” during his first trip with the drug.
“I ‘died’ during my first trip,” Tyson said, according to the New York Post. “I did it as a challenge, I was doing heavy drugs like cocaine, so why not? It’s another dimension. Before I did the toad, I was devastated. “The toughest opponent I faced was myself. He had low self-esteem. People with big egos often have low self-esteem. We use our ego to subsidize it. The toad strips the ego.” Tyson, who raises the toads on a Southern California ranch, said he is a “different person” after that experience, and that he has improved his life and changed his perspective on the world.