UFC president Dana White says he is pleading with Mike Tyson not to step back into the ring after the boxing great released a training video declaring “I’m back”.

Tyson has been teasing boxing fans with a possible return to boxing for the past few weeks with videos of himself hitting the pads with frightening power.

White, a close friend of Tyson’s, does not want to see that comeback eventuate.

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““I love Mike Tyson,” White said on Tim and Sid. “I’m begging him not to go fight. I said ‘you look awesome, you’re still explosive, you’re obviously still powerful, you’re one of the all-time greats.

“‘Mike, you’re 53, please don’t do it, please.’”

White even he hinted he would step in with an offer of his own to stop the former heavyweight from making a comeback if he needed to.

“Bottom line is I don’t want Mike to fight. If it comes down to where he is about to do something crazy, I might have to jump in and figure out something for him not to do it.”

White is not sure just what it is Tyson has planned, but is certain the 53-year-old has got something boxing related in mind after his ‘I’m back’ video.

“He absolutely wants to do something,” he said. “I don’t know what he’s going to do but he absolutely wants to do something.”

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Tyson has said he was considering a return to the ring for some exhibition bouts to raise money for charity.

According to reports potential opponents include former All Black Sonny Bill Williams, last year’s Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen and ex-AFL star Barry Hall.

More likely to take on ‘Iron Mike’ though would be Evander Holyfield, with whom Tyson engaged in several epic bouts during their professional careers. The newest video showed Tyson growling through a workout hitting the pads in yet another display of the ferocious power that made him one of the sport’s most feared punchers.

If Tyson, who retired after a loss to Kevin McBride in 2005, does return to the ring, he will be following in the footsteps of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao in coming out of retirement for an exhibition fight. Tyson, who became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time when he defeated Trevor Berbick in 1986 aged 20, won 50 of his 58 professional fights before retiring.

— with AAP