Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
I run on the road long before I dance under the lights.
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 hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.
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.
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.
Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them-a desire, a dream, a vison.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
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.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.
Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book.
My toughest fight was with my first wife.