Looking back, Mike says Cus' tough love helped him become a great fighter, but some of the lessons he learned may have had negative effects on his personal growth.
"He would be very disappointed if I felt some kind of emotion, compassion for somebody, especially if they were somebody with wealth. He said, 'They don't deserve any feelings. They deserve what they get,'" Mike says. "He was really strange. That household was all about controlling your feelings."
Mike says he was trained to think of himself as a god. "I needed to believe that. That was my thinking ever since I was 12 years old," he says. "I had to think that because I had no kind of self-esteem."
When Cus died in 1985, Mike says he felt alone in the world, and he began abusing drugs and drinking alcohol to dull the pain.