When we got back to the U.S., I wanted to kiss the ground after seeing what people in other countries are denied or don't have.
Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There's nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring.
Boxing brings out my aggressive instinct, not necessarily a killer instinct.
I was painfully initiated into boxing, because the guys I fought were a lot bigger than me.
Ali's belief in himself was something I picked up on, and it's become my own philosophy
Bruce Lee was an artist and, like him, I try to go beyond the fundamentals of my sport. I want the public to see a knockout in the making.
If I hadn't had the talent, the networks wouldn't have televised my fights. No one has made me; I made myself. I paid my dues
To be the best, you need to spend hours and hours and hours running, hitting the speed bag, lifting weights and focusing on training.
I'm not religious, but I believe that what I have is a gift, and I respect it and live up to it
Boxing was the only career where I wouldn't have to start out at the bottom. I had a good resume.
I think an athlete should be honest. I know it's difficult, but if a guy knocked me on my can, I couldn't very well say, I slipped.
I think I've become one of the best finishers in boxing; if I hurt a guy, I normally take him out.
I consider myself blessed. I consider you blessed. We've all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up.
I'm a competitor and a very proud man. If a guy beats me once, he'll have to do it again to make me believe him.
Generally, the more weight you put on, the less effective you are
I've always believed that you can be whatever you want to be if you are willing to sacrifice and dedicate yourself.
Holyfield is nothing but class, and I think he's a breath of fresh air for the sport.
When I'm not in training. I'll walk around the streets at 153, but it's not solid; it's my socializing weight.
Duran always disturbs me. The guy is just weird. Before our first fight, both Duran and his wife gave my wife the finger.
Although it was a great accomplishment to win a gold medal, as soon as they put it on you, that's it; your career is over.
In Italy, I had an Afro, and a lot of the kids came up and felt my hair. It really was funny. I wish I had understood Italian
Except for Ali, fighters had never been marketable
Were all given some sort of skill in life. Mine just happens to be beating up on people.
I'll think, If this is his first punch, how are the others gonna feel? That's the only fear I have for myself
It's different when you become a professional, because you also have to become a businessman, and that takes something away from it
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