I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won.
Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.
Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.
That's my gift. I let that negativity roll off me like water off a duck's back. If it's not positive, I didn't hear it. If you can overcome that, fights are easy.
I hit Ali with everything and he said 'is that all you got' and I said 'yeah, that's pretty much it.'
The age of 40 is not a death sentence.
There's more to boxing than hitting. There's not getting hit, for instance.
The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income.
There's never been a boxer better than Joe Louis. You'd take one shot from him and you were sure he'd have seven or eight more coming for you. Certainly Muhammad Ali was the greatest man ever to fight, but not the greatest boxer.
Let the other guy have whatever he wants before the fight. Once the bell rings he's gonna be disappointed anyway.
Anybody going into boxing already has brain damage.
I want to keep fighting because it's the only thing that keeps me out of the hamburger joints. If I don't fight, I'll eat this planet.
I was a tiger, a good fighter, in good shape, but I was always nervous before boxing matches.
People are hurt in love affairs and never recover, more than a boxing match.
I respect that you want to protect your niece. You know, I didn't want my daughter to become a boxer. Neither did Mohammad. But Joe Frazier, on the other hand, he had his baby girl boxing in the crib.
If I could take a punch like that, I might have been able to think up a name besides George for all my sons.
That gal's all skull and no brains. She's like Joe Frazier with lipstick.
They say I don't fight guys unless they're on a respirator. That's incorrect. They have to be at least 3 days off a respirator.
The Internal Revenue Service is the real undefeated heavyweight champion.
There ain't nothing like being in the corner, and the trainer is whispering in your ear and another guy is putting in your mouthpiece. Five seconds to go, the boom! The bell. It's more exciting than looking down a cliff.
Boxing is the sport to which all other sports aspire.
I hope to have one more boxing match at the age of 55. Given that demographic at the age of 55 to 65, you've got to make a statement with your life. Otherwise, you are just existing.
I think its so good for boxing when a new guy or new blood as we call it, makes a big statement.
I do believe he’s the greatest, but forget about boxing - give that to Joe Louis, or somebody - I believe he’s one of the greatest men I’ve ever met.
In boxing, I had a lot of fear. Fear was good. But, for the first time, in the bout with Muhammad Ali, I didnt have any fear. I thought, This is easy. This is what Ive been waiting for. No fear at all. No nervousness. And I lost.
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