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*Earlier this week former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson ripped Floyd Mayweather a new one after he boasted he was a better fighter than Muhammad Ali.

“He’s very delusional. Listen, if he was anywhere near the realm of greatness of Ali, he would be able to take his kids to school by himself. … He can’t take his kids to school by himself, he’s a little scared man. He’s a very small, scared man,” Tyson said in response to Mayweather.

Whoa! Can someone hook up a Mayweather-Tyson bout?!

Well, anyway, as you can imagine, Tyson got a lot of heat for his comment. So much so, that hours before tonight’s record making fight, Tyson – via Instagram – is backtracking somewhat:

“An article circulated today, which referenced an incident that happened to me many years ago. It was released without my consent or endorsement. It inferred that I had animosity towards Floyd Mayweather Jr. because of something that happened many years ago. This entire article is speculation and it’s unfortunate that it would be released at all, especially the day before the biggest fight in decades.

“I have no ill will towards Mayweather and have a great deal of respect for his discipline in and out of the ring. He’s proven he is one of the greatest athletes of all time and will go down in history as such. Things got blown out of proportion when I was interviewed the other day about a comment Mayweather made stating he was greater than Ali. I disagree and personally found it insulting because of the love and admiration I have for Muhammad Ali. I thought it was inappropriate to make that kind of reference especially because Ali has done so much, not just in the sport of boxing but for humanity as a whole.

“In retrospect, I wish I had exercised better discernment in my response because in no way did I want to disrespect Mayweather. The focus should be on the May 2nd bout and the great economic surge this event is generating for the city of Las Vegas. I sincerely wish Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao the best of luck on Saturday night’s historical event.”

By the way, according to SportingNews, a former Tyson assistant, Darryl Francis, told USA Today that Iron Mike’s distaste for Mayweather stems from a September 2001 police raid on Tyson’s house that he believes was caused by Mayweather.

Police raided Tyson’s Las Vegas home after a woman accused Tyson of sexually assaulting her on two different occasions. When discussing the incident in his book, Tyson said a “record producer friend” told him the alleged victim had also been dating “another prominent boxer.”

Tyson said he can’t prove it was Mayweather who called for the raid, but he isn’t ready to sweep the 14-year-old ordeal under the rug.

Check out the video below to see Tyson’s comments about Mayweather being a very small, scared man.”