Life doesn't run away from nobody. Life runs at people.
I hit Ali with everything and he said 'is that all you got' and I said 'yeah, that's pretty much it.'
Unlike any other sport, the objective in boxing is chillingly simple: One man purposefully endeavors to inflict bodily harm on another man.
The three toughest fighters I ever fought were Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Robinson. I fought Sugar so many times, I'm surprised I'm not diabetic.
...if I survived the Marines, I can survive Ali.
Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
Boxing is the magic of men in combat, the magic of will, and skill, and pain, and the risking of everything so you can respect yourself for the rest of your life.
Don't count the days, make the days count.
I have always adhered to two principles. The first one is to train hard and get in the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight.
I love boxing. There's something fierce about using your body's force that way.
To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.
I didn't push Cory. I wanted him to decide if he wanted to go into boxing and he did. Can't blame it on me.
I think I've become one of the best finishers in boxing; if I hurt a guy, I normally take him out.
I'd say the most memorable thing for me was my dedication and motivation in how I got so involved in boxing.
Well, of course a boxing match is hard because boxing isn't set for you to do good. You have to force your will upon someone, but dancing you don't have to force your will. It should be a lot easier because if I make a mistake I don't get hit.
My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing, speed and defense - on the order of Mike Gibbons.
I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
I never thought of losing, but now that it' s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round.
Getting hit motivates me. It makes me punish the guy more. A fighter takes a punch, hits back with three punches.
Inactivity is the biggest sin in boxing.
Earnie Shavers could punch you in the neck and break your ankle.
In no other sport is the connection between performer and observer so intimate, so frequently painful, so unresolved
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