Don't count the days, make the days count.
When I fight someone, I want to break his will. I want to take his manhood. I want to rip out his heart and show it to him.
It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.
I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.
I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wild Life.
Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
It's not bragging if you can back it up.
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.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.
It isn't the mountains that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
I run on the road long before I dance under the lights.
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.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
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.
To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.
Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them-a desire, a dream, a vison.
Champions have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.
The will must be stronger than the skill.
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