#Hamilton’s Hundred Greatest Quotes in Boxing History

Greatest Quotes in Boxing History 

Matt Hamilton

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1 “We gon’ float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. AH! Rumble, young man rumble! AH!” Bundini
2 “I can sell out Madison Square Garden masturbating” Michael Gerard Tyson
3 “If you screw things up in tennis, it’s 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it’s your ass.” Randall “Tex” Cobb
4 “Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!” Howard Cosell

5 “No Mas.” Roberto Duran
6 “That man was beautiful. Timing, speed, reflexes, rhythm, his body, everything was beautiful. And to me, still, I would say pound for pound…I’d say I’m the greatest heavyweight of all time, but pound for pound, I still say Sugar Ray Robinson was the greatest of all time.” Muhammad Ali
7 “His mouth made him feel like he was gonna win. Not his hands, I had my hand. He had his lips.” Joe Frazier
8 “Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble.” Sugar Ray Robinson
9 “Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.” George Foreman
10 “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.” Muhammad Ali
11 “The temptation for greatness is the biggest drug in the world.” Michael Gerard Tyson
12 “It’s been like that forever. We got spoiled by Joe Louis, by Rocky Marciano. Muhammad ruined us for everybody. He was great outside [the ring]; he was great inside. We got so accustomed to it we thought we deserved it.” Angelo Dundee
13 “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.” Cus D’Amato
14 “I try to catch [other boxers] on the tip of the nose, because i try to push the bone into the brain.” Michael Gerard Tyson
15 “The time may have come to say goodbye to Muhammad Ali, because very honestly, I don’t think he can beat George Foreman.” Howard Cosell
16 “To see a man beaten not by a better opponent but by himself is a tragedy.” Cus D’Amato
17 “You can be free. You can be black. Look at me! I’m the Heavyweight Champion! Can’t nobody stop me.” Muhammad Ali
18 “I’m not God, but I am something similar.” Roberto Duran
19 “This fight is more about what Roy Jones lost than what I took” Antonio Tarver
20 “The three toughest fighters I ever fought were Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Robinson. I fought Sugar so many times, I’m surprised I’m not diabetic.” Jake LaMotta

21 “I don’t fight for legacy. I don’t fight for none of that, I fight for that check. I’m in the check cashing business.” Floyd Mayweather Jr.
22 “When you see me smash somebody’s skull, you enjoy it.” Michael Gerard Tyson
23 “I shook up the world.” Muhammad Ali
24 “Only in America.” Don King
25 “I’m the most brutal and ruthless conquerer there has ever been.” Michael Gerard Tyson
26 “Everybody in boxing probably makes out well except for the fighter.” Michael Gerard Tyson
27 “Got any excuses tonight Roy?” Antonio Tarver
28 “My main objective is to be professional but to kill him.” Michael Gerard Tyson
29 “But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.” Rocky Balboa
30 “I’m not much for talking. You know what I do. I put guys in body bags when I’m right”. Michael Gerard Tyson

31 “I found out that someone I believed was my surrogate father, my brother, my blood figure turns out to be the true Uncle Tom, the true nigger, the true sellout. He did more bad to black fighters than any white promoter ever in the history of boxing.” Michael Gerard Tyson
32 “Look you scared now, you hoe. Scared like a little cracker bitch. Scared of the real man! I’ll f*ck you till you love me.” Michael Gerard Tyson
33 “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” Muhammad Ali
34 “Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.” Joyce Carol Oates
35 “He saved my life, he saved my career. I can’t thank him enough for the chance to fight him.” Ken Norton
36 “I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be…I’m free to be what I want.” Muhammad Ali
37 “I liked that title. I didn’t want to lose it to anybody, but if I had to lose it, I’m glad I lost it to you. You’re a good fighter and gonna be a great champ.” Jersey Joe Walcott
38 “I consider myself blessed. I consider you blessed. We’ve all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up.” Sugar Ray Leonard
39 “…if I survived the Marines, I can survive Ali.” Chuck Wepner
40 “Clay comes out to meet Liston and Liston starts to retreat,
if Liston goes back an inch farther he’ll end up in a ringside seat.
Clay swings with his left, Clay swings with his right,
Look at young Cassius carry the fight
Liston keeps backing, but there’s not enough room,
It’s a matter of time till Clay lowers the boom.
Now Clay lands with a right, what a beautiful swing,
And the punch raises the Bear clean out of the ring.
Liston is still rising and the ref wears a frown,
For he can’t start counting till Sonny goes down.
Now Liston is disappearing from view, the crowd is going frantic,
But radar stations have picked him up, somewhere over the Atlantic.
Who would have thought when they came to the fight?
That they’d witness the launching of a human satellite.
Yes the crowd did not dream, when they put up the money,
That they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny.” Muhammad Ali

41 “The act of treachery is an art, but the traitor himself is a piece of shit.” Michael Gerard Tyson
42 “I’d like for them to say he took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter, one pinch of concern, and then, he mix willlingness with happiness, he added lots of faith, and he stired it up well, then he spreads it over his span of a lifetime, and he served it to each and every deserving person he met.” Muhammad Ali
43 “Clay is so young and has been misled by the wrong people… He might as well have joined the Ku Klux Klan.” Floyd Patterson
44 “The possession of muscular strength and the courage to use it in contests with other men for physical supremacy does not necessarily imply a lack of appreciation for the finer and better things of life.” Jack Johnson
45 “All the time he’s boxing, he’s thinking. All the time he was thinking, I was hitting him.”  Jack Dempsey
46 “If you were surprised when Nixon resigned, just watch what happens when I whup Foreman’s behind!” Muhammad Ali
47 “My punches are just as hard in Chicago as in New York.” Sonny Liston
48 ”A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” Jack Dempsey
49 “They called me a ‘rapist’ and a ‘recluse.’ I’m not a recluse.” Michael Gerard Tyson
50 “Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.” Muhammad Ali
51 “I’m retiring because there are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.” Muhammad Ali
52 “Boxing is a sport at its most brutal, most primitive, and most natural. Two men defending their honor and courage, in a ring surrounded by observers, whose love for the sport is essentially spiritual. Boxing is the last refuge of the modern day warror.” Thomas Donelson, Viewing Boxing from Ringside
53 “Getting hit motivates me. It makes me punish the guy more. A fighter takes a punch, hits back with three punches.” Roberto Duran
54 “Boxing is just show business with blood.” Frank Bruno
55 “When we started, it was based on lies. It’s changing now. There are no secrets in the business. You’ve got to come with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It’s becoming very confusing.” Don King
56 “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong. They never called me nigger.” Muhammad Ali
57 “If there’s magic in boxing, it’s the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached retinas. It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you.” Paul Haggis, Million Dollar Baby
58 “I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It’s ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm.”  Mike Tyson
59 “I’m addicted to perfection. Problem with my life is I was always also addicted to chaos. Perfect chaos.” Michael Gerard Tyson
60 “It was a sucker punch. But you know who gets hit by sucker punches? Suckers.” Max Kellerman
61 “He can have heart, he can hit harder and he can be stronger, but there’s no fighter smarter than me.” Floyd Mayweather Jr.
62 “Unlike any other sport, the objective in boxing is chillingly simple: One man purposefully endeavors to inflict bodily harm on another man.” Howard Cosell
63 “You been hearing about how bad I am since you were a little kid with mess in your pants! Tonight, I’m gonna whip you till you cry like a baby.” Muhammad Ali
64 “if there was such a thing as re-incarnation, Floyd would come back as himself” Ricky Hatton
65 “Sure there’s been injury’s and deaths in boxing but none of them serious.” Alan Minter
66 “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.” Muhammad Ali
67 “Why waltz with a guy for 10 rounds if you can knock him out in one?” Rocky Marciano
68 “I made a lot of mistakes out of the ring, but I never made any in it.” Jack Johnson
69 “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” Muhammad Ali
70 “Boxing is the magic of men in combat, the magic of will, and skill, and pain, and the risking of everything so you can respect yourself for the rest of your life.” F.X. TOOLE, Introduction, Million Dollary Baby
71 “A boxing match is like a cowboy movie. There’s got to be good guys and there’s got to be bad guys. And that’s what people pay for – to see the bad guys get beat. In the films the good guy always wins, but this is one bad guy who ain’t gonna lose” Sonny Liston
72 “You don’t understand. I could have been a contender, I could have been a somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.”  Marlon Brando in ‘On the Waterfront’
73 “The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.” George Foreman
74 “Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book.” Joe Frazier
75 “You can never underestimate the prince, I’m always there. The prince will never die. I ain’t bragging, but I ain’t seen nobody, and I mean nobody, come to the ring in such style, with such flair, charisma, I’m talking about bringing it all, a full package. I mean who would you know that could come out in a flying carpet. Come out like a concert, dancing, with like, oozing confidence, and then get in and take somebody out. Come on, do you know anybody in the history of the sport, that did what Prince Naseem did. And I ain’t trying to brag, but I was bloody good at it.”  Naseem Hamed
76 ”Come December 8th his ass gone be hurt. He aint fought 43 Floyd Mayweathers.” Floyd Mayweather Jr.
77 “All my wives were great housekeepers. After every divorce, they kept the house.”  Willie Pep
78 “To me, boxing is like a ballet – except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.” Jack Handy
79 “It’s like someone jammed an electric light bulb in your face, and busted it. I thought half my head was blowed off…When he knocked me down I could have stayed there for three weeks.” James J Braddock
80 “Right now I’m back on my real grind. Everyone knows I’m the best heavyweight in the world. I’m not worried about going to Europe to fight the Bitchko sisters and David Gaye. They’re cowards!” James Toney
81 “I’m scared every time I go into the ring, but it’s how you handle it. What you have to do is plant your feet, bite down on your mouthpiece and say, ‘Let’s go.’ ” Mike Tyson
82 “Archie’s been living off the fat of the land. I’m here to give him his pension plan. When you come to the fight don’t block the door. ‘Cause you’ll all go home after round four.” Muhammad Ali
83 “The third man in the ring makes boxing possible.” Joyce Carol Oates
84 “All fighters are prostitutes and all promoters are pimps” Larry Holmes
85 “How dare they challenge me with their primitive skills.” Michael Gerard Tyson
86 “The loss just made me hungry; it made me want to go out and win another title.” Tommy Hearns
87 “If he dreams he beat me he’d better wake up and apologize.” Muhammad Ali
88 “No, maybe I can’t win…maybe all I can do is take everything he’s got. But to beat me he’s going to have to kill me. And to kill me he’s going to have to have the heart to stand in front of me. And to do that, he’s got to be willing to die himself.” Rocky Balboa
89 “I’ll never be happy. I believe I’ll die alone. I would want it that way. I’ve been a loner all my life with my secrets and my pain. I’m really lost, but I’m trying to find myself. I’m really a sad, pathetic case. My whole life has been a waste. I’ve been a failure. I just want to escape.” Michael Gerard Tyson
90 “I’m going to give Vargas the chance to cash his last paycheck. I would like to say publicly that Fatty Vargas has always feared me. I conceded to take this fight at 162 pounds because fatty couldn’t lose any more weight. I will do Vargas a favor by retiring him in this fight so his family doesn’t have to suffer every time he steps in the ring. I’m going to do his wife a favor and not let her cry anymore.” Ricardo Mayorga
91 “I think I might’ve turned 39, look like I turned 29, feel like I turned about 19.”  Roy Jones Junior
92 “If I did want to come back, I was going to make, what, $50 million? You know what; don’t call my phone unless you’ve got $100 million.” Floyd Mayweather Jr.
93 “They Only Made One Mistake, They Signed This Fight.” Ferdie “The Fight Doctor” Pacheco (Duran vs. Leonard I)
94 “That’s the only way you gonna save this sucker. He’s doomed.” Comment prior to the “Rumble in the Jungle” about George Foreman prior to the fight, when referee Clayton warned Ali that if he didn’t stop talking he would stop the fight.  Muhammad Ali
95 “I won’t ever lose to a white boy!”  Bernard Hopkins
96 “You have to know you can win. You have to think you can win. You have to feel you can win.” Sugar Ray Leonard
97 “Earnie Shavers could punch you in the neck and break your ankle.” Randall “Tex” Cobb
98 “Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World! WHO NESH??” Samuel Peter
99 “Once that bell rings you’re on your own. It’s just you and the other guy.” Joe Louis
100 “I have always adhered to two principles. The first one is to train hard and get in the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight.”  Rocky Marciano

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting.