Anthony Mundine's unshakeable belief in himself rarely wavered in his 25-year career in the limelight.
The bravado of the 43-year-old sportsman regularly placed him in the midst of national controversy throughout his boxing and NRL careers. His raw confidence always saw him labeled cocky and arrogant, but now another side of Sydney's polarized product was placed on the table for all to see.
In an hour-long interview with Fox Sports presenter Paul Kent, Mundine started crying when talking about the death of a dear friend: the sister of Queensland rugby legend Gorden Tallis.
Tears immediately filled Mundine's eyes when Kent asked him about Jannita Dunn, who died of cancer in 2009.
"You're making me emotional now," Mundine said, struggling with her words.
After Mrs. Dunn fell ill, Mundine was flying regularly to Brisbane to spend time with her.
"I've known the Tallis family since I was 17," he continued. "We were very close to them, their mother, sisters, brother … she worked at the Brisbane Broncos. We had a good relationship, we played with each other. She was a nice girl and we were close for years.
"I have plenty of time for them (the Tallis family). I love Gordy.
Kent said the story highlighted a side of Mundine we have not seen for more than two decades. When asked if the audience would be seeing more of the compassionate Mundine, the former middleweight champion simply said he wanted to be an instrument of change in the world.
"I just want to bring people together and make the world a better place. I want to affect someone and have a role in making the world a better place and raising one's life, "he said. "I'm not the young cat I used to be, when some would say that I'm arrogant, I want them to see the real side of me.
"I want to inspire people. I've got people coming to me saying I've changed their lives. When you have that kind of impact, you are chosen. You need to make a difference.
Mundine will take on former world title owner Jeff Horn on Friday – and he does not think the boy from Brisbane has a chance.
"This young cat will be pumped," he said.
"I throw my hat at him, but there are levels for that and he's not at my level.
"When I am mentally and physically, I am a different animal. I am too much. He is very effective at what he does, but he is clumsy. But once I adapt to his style, this kid is in trouble.
"Father's time has not yet caught up with me. I'm still struggling with young cats and I'm hitting on them, outdoing them. I feel good."
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Mundine reflected on his controversial statements after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks when he said the US "brought them to themselves."
"I said a few things in the past that I meant in a good way, but my delivery was not great," he said.
"I said it raw and uncut. I would rephrase this … It was made as if I were for the murders. I am not for any murder.
"I do not care what you are or who you are … In Islam killing a man is like killing all mankind, why can not we live in peace and harmony?
Mundine opened another can of earthworms with Kent, labeling the Australian national anthem "a song of white supremacy."
"For people, I want you to do your research, do not take it away from me," he said. "The Aborigines were not even considered human (when it was written). The theme music of White Australia's politics is the Advance Australia Fair.
"We are not young, we are not free, some of us are, some of us are not, you have to see on the other side of the fence.