Originally Posted by Miss Foxy
OJ is just a murderer who is finally getting what he deserves!! Jackson and Tyson just needed love.. Jackson's family and close friends used him a lot.. Tyson well after that blood/life sucking byatch Givens got done with him he was left more screwed up than he began... He just needed a hug and a good friend...
There are some huge similarities between Jackson and Tyson, but if you look at it, they both ended up on opposite ends of the spectrum just as they started.
Jackson came from a poor family in Gary Indiana, but by the time MJ was 10 years old, poverty wasn't an issue anymore. Joe Jackson had effectively channeled the talent he saw in his children into widespread recognition (little did he know just what his son Michael would turn out to be when he originally told lil' Michael that he was too young to be in the band)
. MJ's family life was strict, and far from perfect, but nobody can deny that both his parents loved and cared for him dearly and he had a large family to lean on.
Tyson didn't have those things. His dad abandoned them when he was a baby and his mom died when he was 16. He had to grow up in the streets, and got wrapped up with the wrong crowd from a very early age. Tyson was pulling off robberies of drugs dealers at gunpoint by the time he was 12 years old (and I thought I had done some crazy s**t)
. That kinda stuff tends to harden a man, real quick. Which is why it's no surprise that he is still the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history, and his flame burned out at a younger age than most boxers. Most boxers haven't lived the life Mike Tyson has. However, the life ruined him mentally more than it ever did physically, and he could still be knocking peoples heads off if you put him the right state of mind (or wrong state of mind, depending on your world view)
How crazy is it though, we saw both Jackson and Tyson come from completely opposite childhood situations but rise to almost the same level of popularity in their respective fields? However, in the end it was Jackson who was ultimately done in by his own demons and never seemed to really bounce back from the low points. While now, Tyson really has seemed to have cleaned up his life and gotten things in order. Granted, Tyson still has time to screw up, and his new found life is only a few years old, but I like to hope we will see the best out of him from here on out.