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.”


7 Responses to “12 Best One Liners in Boxing History”

  1. corn says:

    Here’s a couple more:

    Mayweather: They put 41 in front of me. 41 came up short.
    Ortiz: Not this one.

    Jim Lampley (Pacquiao vs Clottey): “Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!”

    Larry Merchant (Pacquiao vs De la Hoya): “Death by a thousand left hands”.

  2. Abel Trejo Pineda says:

    Come on man, there are way better lines than those, i mean, those are good but there are better.

  3. nico says:

    when talking about joe louis.,, He’s a credit to his race ,the human race . Jimmy cannon

  4. abu dhabi Pinoy Fan says:

    Nothing Personal,i am just doing my JOB- Manny Pacquaio

  5. Sucka says:

    “I’m doing shane mosley a favor, I’m letting him share the ring with greatness” -Floyd Mayweather

  6. tonz says:

    Cobb’s tennis quote has always been one of my favorites. Love that line. Some other good quotes for the list:

    “If they cut my bald head open, they will find one big boxing glove. That’s all I am. I live it.” Marvin Hagler

    “My main objective is to be professional but to kill him.” Mike Tyson

    “Punches never bothered me that much.” or “I fought Sugar Ray so any times that it’s a wonder I didn’t end up with diabetes.” Jake LaMotta

  7. Mike says:

    Henry Cooper (remember him?) on being told Jack Bodell (you won’t remember him!) was trying to get yet another re-match: “If I beat him again I’ll have him sitting on the sideboard.”

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