Boxing is the toughest and loneliest sport in the world.
Boxing brings out my aggressive instinct, not necessarily a killer instinct.
I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
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 champion is someone who gets up when he can't.
If you screw things up in tennis, it's 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it's your ass.
Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
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.
All the time he's boxing, he's thinking. All the time he was thinking, I was hitting him.
Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you.
People don't realise what they had till it's gone. Like President Kennedy - nobody like him. Like The Beatles, there will never be anything like them. Like my man, Elvis Presley - I was the Elvis of boxing.
There are a lot of things and in order to be at the top and maintain your focus you have to have something that motivates you. For me, it was what I perceived as a lack of respect from the boxing world as well as the media, which made me want to work so hard and be great.
As much as I love boxing, I hate it. And as much as I hate it, I love it.
A champion shows who he is by what he does.
It's less about the physical training, in the end, than it is about the mental preparation: boxing is a chess game. You have to be skilled enough and have trained hard enough to know how many different ways you can counterattack in any situation, at any moment.
Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book.
Boxing is smoky halls and kidneys battered until they bleed.
The third man in the ring makes boxing possible.
There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.
Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.
A champion shows who he is by what he does when he's tested. When a person gets up and says 'I can still do it', he's a champion.
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.
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