Mike Tyson has hailed the late Muhammad Ali as the ‘greatest man of all time’ in what would have been the boxing legend’s 80th birthday.
The world’s former undisputed heavyweight champion died in the summer of 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Iron Mike idealized Tyson as a kid and took to Twitter on Monday morning to pay tribute to his hero.
He tweeted: “Happy birthday to the greatest man of all time, Muhammad Ali.
“He inspired those living at the lowest level of life to reach the highest level of life.
“Not just in boxing, but in life.”
Tyson still holds the late Ali in the highest regard and regularly sings The Greatest’s praises.
Last September, he proudly shared an old photo from one of his many meetings with Ali on his Instagram page.
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His accompanying caption read: “Still a fan @muhammadali #thegreatest.”
Tyson’s adoration of Ali is so strong that she thinks the smartest trash talker ever would have beaten her if they fought for their crimes.
He told Yahoo Sports: “I know it’s a fantasy sport.
“Most likely I’ll win the fantasy, but I won’t win the real fight. Ali is the greatest of all time.”
Tyson firmly believes that Ali’s tenacity may have compounded his famous brutality.
In 2016, he told GQ: “He’ll fight you to the end. He’s really game, like Pit Bull or AF,**** Gee cock.
“But he looked like a model in his prime! He looked more like a model than a fighter.
“He was just a dead-game guy. He was dead-playing. He was too proud. He refused to give up.”
He added: “Ali is the most competitive fighter ever.”
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