Mike Tyson makes $20,000 in six hours after joining celebrity messaging platform

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If you could choose any celebrity to wish your mum a happy Mother’s Day this Sunday, who would you go for?

David Beckham, perhaps? Ed Sheeran? One of the Royals?

Or, and hear us out here… what about Mike Tyson?

If you like the sound of Iron Mike delivering your mum a personalised message this weekend, then we have some great news: you’re in luck.

The former heavyweight champion - once known as the ‘baddest man on the planet’ - has signed up to a celebrity messaging service called Cameo.

You can pay the 53-year-old $300 (which doesn’t seem that bad, really) to say, well, anything you want.

According to TMZ, Tyson made a cool $20,000 (£15,000) within six hours of his Cameo page going live.

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Unsurprisingly, the boxing legend has been inundated with requests for personalised messages.

Here's his first message, in which he wishes 'Lindy' a happy Mother's Day...

It doesn’t have to be Mother’s Day. You can get him to wish somebody a happy birthday, if you like. It would be absolutely perfect as part of a best man’s speech at a wedding.

A host of other current and former athletes are also available for hire on the website, including Vinnie Jones ($200), Douglas Costa ($250), Louis Saha ($99), Henrik Larsson ($150) and Tony Adams ($100).

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But Tyson has to be one of the best options in terms of value. He’s one of the most famous people on the planet!

Tyson has been trying to get away from his scary persona for a while now and recently spoke about the pitfalls of fame in an interview with The Sportsman.

“We take ourselves too seriously; we think we're somebody. Who the f***, we're nothing! We come from s***; we think we're special [but] fame is s***,” he said.

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“You find out you're not [special]. You're capable of going to jail, you're capable of dying, you're capable of being mistreated.

“I don't really expect bad things to happen to me, but when they do happen to me, I understand it and I'm able to handle it. I've handled bad stuff before, that's been my life. I don't trip over bad things, I know s*** happens. When bad things happen, I will be still striving to do something. I won't be discouraged.”

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