Mike Tyson visits Mao Zedong memorial hall in Beijing

By
TysonTalk

Published: April 2, 2006

Source: foxsports

Thanks to phxmikefan

Former
heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson paid respects to one of his
greatest heroes by visiting waxen revolutionary Mao Zedong on Beijing’s
Tiananmen Square.

Tyson, on a
promotional visit to China, visited the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall on
Saturday where the embalmed remains of the revolutionary leader lie in
state, the Beijing Times said.

“I felt really insignificant next to the remains of Chairman Mao, this
is a great honor to be able to visit the memorial hall,” the paper
quoted Tyson as saying.

Tyson, wearing a shirt with the picture of NBA centre Shaquille O’Neal,
quickly left the crowded hall after purchasing several books on Mao,
shouting “I love you” to Chinese onlookers, the paper said.

An arm tattoo of the revolutionary dictator became one of Tyson’s
hallmarks as he pummeled his way through opponents in a career
interspersed with frequent run-ins with the law.

While serving a prison sentence in the 1990s, Tyson read Mao’s selected works and expressed admiration for the man
who is still revered in China for unifying the nation.

Tyson, 39, arrived in Shanghai on Thursday to officialy open a new
nightclub of his friend. Friday he met with local residents during his visit to the Oriental Holiday Resort and received a gift from the Luodian Township.

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Mike Tyson of the United States meets with local residents during his visit to the Oriental Holiday Resort in Shanghai, China, Friday, March 31, 2006.

Former boxing world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson of the United States receives a gift from the Luodian Township during his three-day visit to Shanghai, China, Friday, March 31, 2006.

BEIJING, CHINA – APRIL 1: (CHINA OUT) Mike Tyson attends a private meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on April 1, 2006 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress).

BEIJING, CHINA – APRIL 1: (CHINA OUT) Mike Tyson attends a private meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on April 1, 2006 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress).

BEIJING, CHINA – APRIL 1: (CHINA OUT) Mike Tyson (R) attends a private meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on April 1, 2006 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress).

BEIJING, CHINA – APRIL 1: (CHINA OUT) Mike Tyson attends a private meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on April 1, 2006 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress).

BEIJING, CHINA – APRIL 1: (CHINA OUT) Mike Tyson attends a private meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on April 1, 2006 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress).