When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
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.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
We have one life / It soon will be past / What we do for God / Is all that will last.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
God gave me this illness to remind me that I'm not Number One; He is.
Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.
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 is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.
I run on the road long before I dance under the lights.
Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book.
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 lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing.
If you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.
I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.
That's my gift. I let that negativity roll off me like water off a duck's back. If it's not positive, I didn't hear it. If you can overcome that, fights are easy.
You have to know you can win. You have to think you can win. You have to feel you can win.
It isn't the mountains that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.
It's the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
The Internal Revenue Service is the real undefeated heavyweight champion.
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