Mike Tyson forever endeared himself to the red half of Manchester when he hilariously trolled the club’s arch rivals Manchester City.
During a joint interview with lifelong City fan and fellow boxing legend Ricky Hatton on The Clare Balding Show in 2013, the heavyweight legend was asked for his thoughts on the Citizens, who had won their first Premier League title by then.
“I’ve been in Manchester for a long period of time an I’ve never heard of Manchester City,” he claimed.
“The first time I heard about Manchester City was because of Manchester United.”
It must have been a real body blow for Hatton, who laughed off the remarks, while presenter Balding was equally shocked at Tyson’s revelations.
Tyson also previously fought in Manchester when he arrived to take on Julius Francis, whom he beat convincingly in 2000.
He hung up his gloves shortly after, but the iconic former heavyweight champion surprised the world last year when he returned to the ring aged 54 for an exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr.
That ended in a draw and Tyson donated his purse from the exhibition to charity and is keen to book in more bouts to continue his fund-raising.
“We started Legends Only League and it’s really interesting,” he explained in an Instagram Live chat with Patrick Mouratoglou.
“Once I announced that I was going to do my exhibition, everybody, all these other athletes all wanted to get involved in some way.
“Our first show was a record breaker.
“Now everybody’s interested in being involved with our whole organisation.”
There has been talk a Tyson vs Holyfield 3 fight could happen in 2021, and ‘The Real Deal’ has expressed interest, while former foe Lennox Lewis has appeared intrigued by the idea of getting in the ring again, too.