Mike Tyson and His Pigeons Focus of New Animal Planet Show

Posted on March 15, 2010

Mike Tyson

Animal Planet has announced a new show with Mike Tyson called Taking on Tyson. The former heavyweight champion of the world will take audiences inside the world of pigeon racing. Tyson has a deep passion for pigeons and has raised pigeons all his life. Animal Planet says the first fight Mike Tyson was ever in as a child was in defense of his pigeons. Mike Tyson is pictured with one of his pigeon friends in the photograph above.

"Tyson's passion for his pigeons takes my breath away," says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet Media. "For years, he has been inspired by these birds that he feels have the 'biggest heart' in the animal kingdom. Taking on Tyson peels back new layers of the remarkable persona and deep humanity of Mike Tyson while also showing us a whole world we never knew existed right on the rooftops of New York City."

"I'm honored to be a part of this monumental show on Animal Planet," said Tyson. "I feel a great pride acting as an official representative for all the pigeon fancier's out there. I want people to see why we love these birds. It feels good returning to the rooftops of the city where it all started for me -- New York."