QUOTE (SmartyBeardo @ Jun 14 2011, 09:49 PM)
First of all the general public is fascinated by the KO. Tyson in his prime was a vicious puncher but he was also an excellent boxer with good defense, head movement and technique. He became ordinary when he relied on brawling.
Second, the public loves a tragedy. Tyson was kind of like a modern real life Mighty Joe Young saga.
I don't think he came close to the fear instilled by George Foreman for a few years there.
I'm not sure if Foreman put more fear into others than Tyson. Shoot I was only like 1 when Foreman was in his prime so I can only rely on what I read etc. Beardo I'm picking you were around yeah so maybe you're right, but the menace that Tyson presented................
However when I read the title of this thread I am thinking of Tyson probably right up until the Douglas fight, the 'other' Tyson I have almost eradicated from my brain. Pre-Douglas Tyson was very very much loved, certainly in my country. If you were a young boy you wanted to be like Tyson. This small guy in black trunks who came into the ring robeless and beat the living byjesus out of the bigger dudes.
The guy was so iconic from that neck roll he did pre-fight, to the lisp, to everything. You knew you were witnessing a walking piece of history and that you wouldn't see anything like him in a very long time and (we haven't.)
We can debate his legacy, his place in history etc until the cows come home but pre-Douglas and before his frailities were exposed to the world I would say yes he he was definately the last true peoples champ.
Probably only Pac's story of homelessness in Manila, the whole country stopping when he fights and his rise into politics come's closest to Tyson's in global popularity and pop culture appeal, but really no-one comes close in the last 30 years to the mania of what an undefeated undisputed Iron Mike created.