I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
My toughest fight was with my first wife.
It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.
All the time he's boxing, he's thinking. All the time he was thinking, I was hitting him.
Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book.
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.
Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone and hospitalized a brick.
Once that bell rings you're on your own. It's just you and the other guy.
To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.
To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.
Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.
The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It's the same thing, fear, but it's what you do with it that matters.
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.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
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 man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
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.
I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.
It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.
Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.
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