The will must be stronger than the skill.
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.
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.
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
It's not bragging if you can back it up.
It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.
Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wild Life.
I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.
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.
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 the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
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.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.
Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The third man in the ring makes boxing possible.
Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.
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