‘I said, “Michael said that? F**k”. Mike know what time it is. So I knew he knew the game.’ The Man In The Mirror singer’s comment prompted Mike to realise that his oft-shy persona in public wasn’t true of his personality at all. He explained: ‘[Michael] wasn’t no f*****g stupid little feeble lookin’ boy like Peter Pan. He’s f*****g sharp. He knew what f*****g time it was. It blew my mind. Never in a million years, I thought he was a f*****g idiot until I met him that day.’ Mike added: ‘When I went to his house, I knew to respect him. I knew he was a player.’ The former heavyweight champion admits he used to think Michael was a f*****g idiot’ until meeting him properly.