In his return to boxing as a promoter, Mike Tyson made startling revelations about his ongoing battles with addiction during a press conference on Friday.

"I haven't drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that's a miracle. I've been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I'm not," Tyson told reporters at Turning Stone Resort in New York, where he was promoting his first fight card with Iron Mike Productions. "This is my sixth day. I'm never gonna use again."

WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS PROFANITY

The 47-year-old former heavyweight champion opened up about his continued struggles with substance abuse while discussing his encounter with Teddy Atlas, his former trainer. Atlas was at the event in New York in his role as an analyst with ESPN. In recounting his preparations to make peace with his estranged former trainer, Tyson spoke of a recent AA meeting as the press conference took a confessional turn.

"I'm a motherfucker. I'm a bad guy sometimes," Tyson told reporters. "I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven. So in order for me to be forgiven, I hope they can forgive me. I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life. I don't wanna die. I'm on the verge of dying, because I'm a vicious alcoholic. Wow. God, this is some interesting stuff."

CLICK HERE for complete transcript of Tyson's monologue

Speaking with ESPN's Todd Grisham on "Friday Night Fights," Tyson connected his need to make peace with Atlas to his attempt to remain sober. The two have been at odds since a 1982 incident involving a young girl and a fired gun, according to ESPN.

"Life is short, man. I made amends with everybody," Tyson told Grisham. "I never talked to Teddy or made any kind of amends with him or said, 'sorry.' And I just owe that to my sobriety to make amends. And that's just what I want to do with my life. I'm a vicious addict and I'm recovering. And I'm going to die if I don't follow my steps, I'm useless. If I don't do what the book tells me to do I'm going to die and that's just what is going to happen."

WATCH: Tyson Talks Atlas, Sobriety On ESPN

In a July 2012 interview with with “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran that touched on his visits to rehab and personal demons, Tyson claimed to have been sober for three years. He also credited his role in "The Hangover" with helping him stay sober.

“I’m just constantly working on turning. It doesn’t happen overnight,” Tyson told "Nightline." “I may have a good few years in me but it’s still not out of me. You still have to work consistently. Every moment of the day you have to work because your demons always — that’s who you are.”

Also on HuffPost:

Loading Slideshow...
  • Terrell Owens

    Ex-Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens has been out of work since 2010 and is struggling to maintain his finances, shelling out<a href="http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/201202/terrell-owens-nfl-football-wide-receiver" target="_hplink"> $44,600 a month to pay child support for his four children</a>, each by a different mother. In February, it was reported that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/27/terrell-owens-foreclosure_n_1302896.html?ref=business" target="_hplink">Owens was facing foreclosure</a> on multiple properties.

  • Allen Iverson

    After the <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> reported in 2010 that Iverson was broke "by all accounts except his own," Iverson situation only got worse when <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31751_162-57377966-10391697/after-$154m-allen-iverson-may-be-broke/" target="_hplink">his earnings were garnished by a Georgia judge over an outstanding jewelry bill</a>.

  • Lenny Dykstra

    World Series-winning center-fielder <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/09/10/your-money/20110910-money.html" target="_hplink">Lenny Dykstra has had a catalog of money woes</a> since retiring, despite at one time founding a magazine, <em>Player's Club</em>, to provide professional athletes with investment advice. He's filed for Chapter 11 and has been charged with bankruptcy fraud.

  • Travis Henry

    Ex-NFL star Travis Henry was thrown in jail in 2009 for failing to fully pay child support for his nine kids, each by different mothers. On top of cocaine trafficking charges, <a href="http://www.aolnews.com/2009/03/12/travis-henry-cant-afford-child-support-defends-spending-250-0/" target="_hplink">Henry has spent $250,000 on jewelry alone which he says "ain't a lot."</a>

  • Mike Tyson

    Despite making between $300 and $500 million during his career, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/09/10/your-money/20110910-money.html" target="_hplink">boxing legend Mike Tyson filed for bankruptcy in 2003</a> due to a number of reasons, including alleged embezzlement from manager by Don King, a $16 million marriage settlement and lavish spending on everything from pet tigers to mansions.

  • Dorothy Hamill

    Gold-medal winning figure skater Dorothy Hamill found herself in financial strife just a few years after purchasing the Ice Capades franchise. After a subsequent poor investment in an Arizona ice rink, <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21114260" target="_hplink">she declared bankruptcy in 1994</a>.

  • Antoine Walker

    Former Boston Celtics star <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Former-Celtics-star-Antoine-Walker-is-broke-and-?urn=nba,198509" target="_hplink">Antoine Walker blew through the $110 million he made playing</a> in the NBA in just about every way conceivable. He spent lavishly on himself, but also is said to have supported up to 70 people during his career, including buying his mother a mansion, donating to charity and buying custom suits for teammates and coaches.

  • Bjorn Borg

    Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg has had a series of financial woes ever since he abruptly walked out on tennis in 1983 at the age of 26. His company <a href="http://www.realclearsports.com/lists/famous_financial_troubles/bjorn_borg.html" target="_hplink">Bjorn Borg Design Group filed for bankruptcy</a> in 1989, and years later <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2006-05-24-borg-cover_x.htm" target="_hplink">Borg attempted to sell his collection of championship trophies to an auction house</a>, though he denies it was because of financial troubles.

  • Marion Jones

    Marion Jones, who won five track and field Olympic medals, saw her <a href="http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/19404801/" target="_hplink">finances drained primarily due to legal fees</a> associated with allegations of performance enhancing drug abuse and a connection to a checking fraud case. Her $2.5 million house was foreclosed on in 2006, and one year later it was reported her bank account's total balance was down to just $2,000. The year after that <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/12/sports/othersports/11cnd-jones.html?hp" target="_hplink">she was sentenced to 6-months in prison</a>.

  • George Best

    Northern Ireland soccer player George Best is known as a legend in many parts of the world for his fancy footwork on the field, but not so much for his financial skills. His appetite for spending ultimately led to his downfall. "I spent a lot of money on booze, [women], and fast cars. The rest I just squandered," <a href="http://www.businesspundit.com/25-rich-athletes-who-went-broke-10-1/" target="_hplink">he once told the BBC</a>.