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Inside the secret 19-year feud between Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather may be two of the best boxers to have ever roped in, but that doesn’t mean they’re friends.

Both men enjoyed an incredible career, before stepping out of the limelight knowing they were the unparalleled talents of their generation.

At first glance, the couple have mutual respect for what the other has accomplished, but in reality it seems that not everything between them is particularly friendly.

Floyd Mayweather (left) believes he's the best boxer to ever get in the ring

Floyd Mayweather (left) believes he’s the best boxer to ever get in the ring

Mayweather and Mike Tyson (right, in a fight with Evander Holyfield) reportedly wouldn't get along

Mayweather and Mike Tyson (right, in a fight with Evander Holyfield) reportedly wouldn't get along

Mayweather and Mike Tyson (right, in a fight with Evander Holyfield) reportedly wouldn’t get along

Indeed, it seems that Mayweather and Tyson don’t really like each other and are involved in a feud that has flown under the radar for the past 19 years.

While not many people are aware of their longstanding hatred, quotes from the couple over the years have suggested dislike for each other, and Sports email is here to look back at their word war – and where it all started.

To find out exactly where their beef started, you have to go back to 2001, when both fighters were at the top of their sport in their best and loving lives.

As Tyson began to shut down until the end of his long and illustrious career, Mayweather’s young pretense was well on his way to securing the incredible undefeated 50-0 record he still has to this day.

So far, it has been reported that the pair enjoyed a friendship, two fighters with the utmost respect for each other. They were in different weight classes, so there was never a need for rivalry, whether real or made to sell tickets.

A fascinating 2015 clip shows Tyson pretending to hit Mayweather on a Vegas stage

A fascinating 2015 clip shows Tyson pretending to hit Mayweather on a Vegas stage

A fascinating 2015 clip shows Tyson pretending to hit Mayweather on a Vegas stage

The pair is very rarely portrayed together and would not have met in the last 19 years

The pair is very rarely portrayed together and would not have met in the last 19 years

The pair is very rarely portrayed together and would not have met in the last 19 years

American website Boxing Junkie explains, however, that this was quickly unraveled, following a particularly unsavory incident just after the turn of the century.

The report claims that their friendship went south when Mayweather was involved in a police raid on Tyson’s Las Vegas home after he was charged with kidnapping and sexually abusing a woman.

It is written that Mayweather was upset when Tyson saw the girl in question, so he ordered her to go to the police with the unsavory claims. That then led to the robbery at Iron Mike’s house and ended their friendship in an instant.

In fact, Tyson himself spoke of the alleged incident, telling Boxing Junkie, “Some serious people said it,” before adding that he was never able to find evidence linking Mayweather to the robbery.

“I’m good at it now … You can forgive, but you have to remember.”

Tyson (left) says that if he had a chance to fight Mayweather, he would use dirty tactics

Tyson (left) says that if he had a chance to fight Mayweather, he would use dirty tactics

Tyson (left) says that if he had a chance to fight Mayweather, he would use dirty tactics

And if later flash points between the pair have anything to offer, it would certainly seem that neither man has let the 2001 incident disappear from their minds.

While there was never a real time to grab the headline, the mask has slipped a number of times between Tyson and Mayweather, indicating that things are not going well between the two legends of the sport.

Back in 2015, Mayweather claimed he was the greatest boxer in history – better than Muhammad Ali and yes, you guessed it, Tyson … the latter not narrowing his words when he bit back.

“He’s really crazy,” Iron Mike explained when asked about the quotes. “Listen, if he was near that great empire like Muhammad Ali, he could take his kids to school alone.

“Okay, he can’t take his kids to school alone, and he’s talking about being great?

Mayweather kept herself fit during the lockdown and posted a video of his workout

Mayweather kept herself fit during the lockdown and posted a video of his workout

Mayweather kept herself fit during the lockdown and posted a video of his workout

“Greatness does not protect yourself from people. It is accepted by the people. He cannot take his children to school alone. He’s a little bit scared. He is a very short, frightened man. ‘

With both fighters going down as legends of the sport, questions have inevitably been asked about who would win if they matched.

GQ asked Tyson about a street fight with Mayweather, and again no blows were taken: “[I would] kick Floyd is a ** e … there wouldn’t even be a match. ‘

He did have some kind words for his rival seconds later, and admitted that if they were the same size in an in-ring fight, he would outpoint me.

Tyson turned 54 this week and is talking about a remarkable comeback in the ring

Tyson turned 54 this week and is talking about a remarkable comeback in the ring

Tyson turned 54 this week and is talking about a remarkable comeback in the ring

TV station ShoBox I also asked Tyson earlier about fighting Mayweather, with Iron Mike admitting that he would use dirty tactics to get one over his opponent.

“We can never fight because of the weight difference, of course, but I wouldn’t fight the way they fought him,” he said.

“I’d be mean, I’d be dirty. Because you have to do everything you can to fight him because he is so good.

“It is impossible to fight him clean. It is almost impossible to fight him clean. You can’t fight it clean. You can’t fight this man clean. ‘

The pair are never portrayed together, and the only time they’ve really been spotted close together is the first rank in combat.

Tyson watches Mayweather's match against Conor McGregor in 2017 from the first rank

Tyson watches Mayweather's match against Conor McGregor in 2017 from the first rank

Tyson watches Mayweather’s match against Conor McGregor in 2017 from the first rank

Occasionally, Tyson has seen up close during a Mayweather fight, often used by television channels to give some money to his fellow fighter.

There was also an incredible moment captured on camera in 2015, when both boxers – and a slew of legendary other names – were all on stage together at a WBC convention at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Tyson shook hands with others as he made his way down the line before Mayweather reached out to do the same.

But instead of shaking it, Tyson pretended to throw a famous right hook at the money man before laughing at it and hugging him in front of the crowd.

Mayweather has been praised by fans for not even cringing in Iron Mike’s face despite receiving little warning of what happened.

When Tyson walked away and passed it on as a joke, it was easy to believe that maybe, maybe maybe, something more bubbled under the surface.

Tyson is in incredible shape at the age of 54 and has talked about returning to the sport

Tyson is in incredible shape at the age of 54 and has talked about returning to the sport

Tyson is in incredible shape at the age of 54 and has talked about returning to the sport

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