12 Best One Liners in Boxing History

Best One Liners in Boxing History

The intimate & primal nature of fist to fist combat lends itself superbly to a form of verbal preamble no other sport can quite match – neither in veracity, nor venom, nor wit. Here then are twelve unforgettable one line quotes by fighters, about fighters or about the sweet science of boxing.

12. Tex Cobb, “If you screw up in tennis, it’s 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it’s your ass, darling!”

11.  Roberto Duran, “I’m not God, but I’m something similar.”

10. Mayweather on Hatton, “Come December 8th his ass gone be hurt. He aint fought 43 Floyd Mayweathers.”

9. Antonio Tarver, “Got any excuses tonight Roy?”

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"He ain't fought 43 Floyd Mayweathers"

8. Mike Tyson at his eloquent best, “I can sell out Madison Square Garden masturbating.”

7. Tex Cobb when asked about a rematch with Larry Holmes, “I don’t think his hands could take the abuse.”

6. Rocky Marciano, “Why waltz with a guy for 10 rounds if you can knock him out in one?”

5. Mohammed Ali, “If he dreams he beat me he’d better wake up and apologize.”

4. Rocky Balboa, “But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.”

3. Mohammed Ali, “I’m so mean I make medicine sick.”

2. Joyce Carol Oates, “Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.”

1. Jack Dempsey,  “A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”