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Rory Holloway, the former manager of Mike Tyson, has insisted that sex was the reason behind the former heavyweight champion not being considered the best ever.
Holloway was friends with Tyson since they were teenagers back in New York, and he reveals his belief behind what held Tyson back in the eyes of many in his new book , Taming the Beast: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson.
“I knew there was nobody in the ring who could stop him. The only reason he may not go down as the best is because of his weakness for women. Every decision he made was around women and sex,” he said, according to the Mirror.
“I knew it would catch up with him, and it did. I don’t think there is a single person alive who could’ve changed the outcome.”
Holloway claimed that he wasn’t surprised by the rape case that Tyson went through in 1992 after he was jailed for allegedly raping 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington.
However, Holloway goes on to describe that that didn’t even stop Tyson from seeing women as he would have them visit him during his stint in jail.
“All my life I’d fought to keep Mike away from women, but I’d pull up at the prison and the guards would tell me I couldn’t visit till the next day because Mike’s got women lined up to see him.
“He was getting more women in there than he was outside. I ended up sleeping in the damn parking lot.”
This is no shock for many people given that Tyson has openly discussed many of the aspects brought up by Holloway in his own book, ‘The Undisputed Truth’.
The former heavyweight superstar concedes that after the death of his mentor and trainer Cus D’Amato, he felt alone and vulnerable outside the ring and he often became distracted by women.
After a tough childhood and upbringing, Tyson found his calling in a pair of boxing gloves, but his career slowly unravelled after the death of D’Amato even though he was able to capture the heavyweight world title at just 20 years of age, creating history as the youngest ever champion.
Holloway adds that Tyson has undoubtedly got a “good heart”, but there was certainly a decline his mental and physical state having spent so much time with women and in turn it essentially had a negative impact on his boxing career which stopped him from being the best of all time.