Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.
Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them-a desire, a dream, a vison.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
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.
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.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
The will must be stronger than the skill.
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 just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.
Champions have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.
If you screw things up in tennis, it's 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it's your ass.
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 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.
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
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.