Mike Tyson is, without a question, one of the most fascinating, complex men alive today.
To boxer fans, he's the heavy weight champion of the world, to pop culture enthusiasts, he's the guy who bit Evander Holyfield's ear. To his ex-wife Robin Givens, he's a sort of enemy, to the pigeons he raises, a caretaker. He's an actor, vegan, philanthropist, and also the star of a popular one man Vegas-to-Broadway show, Undisputed Truth, directed by Spike Lee.
For all of our ideas about Tyson, a recent conversation with him revealed an emotionally complex character who's also a dedicated humanitarian. And humanity is definitely something Tyson reflects, in all of its fierceness, romance, violence, vulnerability, and tendency to survive.
"I realize that whatever time I have left," he related, "I want to make the best of it, and I want to be able to pass something back and be able to pay it forward. I want to be more than just some destructive fighter, I want to be known as someone who was compassionate and charitable." Then added, "I've met a lot of great people, but I haven't met a lot of good people."