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.
They say that I'm stubborn, and my wife says that, too, but it's paid off so far.
Boxing's a poor man's sport. We can't afford to play golf or tennis. It is what it is. It's kept so many kids off the street. It kept me off the street
Before the start of the '76 Olympics, I'd had 160 amateur fights. I won 155 and lost five
I found boxing when I was 14 years old. I went down to the gym because my brother, who used to beat me up all the time, introduced me to boxing. I found boxing to be a sport that I felt safe in because I controlled what was in those four squares.
I'm a free agent. I haven't allowed any promoters to have exclusive options on my fight. I don't need a promoter.
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
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