Most popular boxing quotes
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see.
Boxing was just a means to introduce me to the world.
It's a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sands. I beat people up.
Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you.
I wont miss boxing; boxing will miss me.
I'm a poet, I'm a prophet, I'm the resurrector, I'm the savior of the boxing world. If it wasn't for me, the game would be dead.
Ain't no reason for me to kill nobody in the ring, unless they deserve it.
We've all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up.
First your legs go. Then you lose your reflexes. Then you lose your friends. Willie Pep.
Boxers are not dragged into the ring, although they might sometimes be dragged out. They go voluntarily.
I'll never forget my first fight . . . All of a sudden I found someone I knew in the fourth row. It was me. He hit me amongst my nose.
He can run, but he can't hide.
I'll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.
Honey, I forgot to duck.
The bigger they come, the harder they fall.
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.
A Chicago alderman once confessed he needed physical exercise but didn't like jogging, because in that sport you couldn't hit anyone.
Boxing is just show business with blood.
Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.
Boxing as a public spectacle is akin to pornography: in each case the spectator is made a voyeur, distanced, yet presumably intimately involved, in an event that is not supposed to happening as it is happening.
Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
He has turned defensive boxing into a poetic art. Trouble is, nobody ever knocked anybody out with a poem.
I want to rip out his heart and feed it to Lennox Lewis. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children.
If you screw things up in tennis, it's 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it's your ass.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
Prize fighters can sometimes read and write when they start—but they can't when they finish.
There's more to boxing than hitting. There's not getting hit, for instance.
To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
What are eight million dollars compared to the love of eight million Cubans?
Lie down so I can recognize you.
In no other sport is the connection between performer and observer so intimate, so frequently painful, so unresolved.
Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book.
Frazier's got two chances. Slim, and none. And Slim just left town.
Martin Luther King took us to the mountain top: I want to take us to the bank.
You're damn right I do. I'm in Madison Square Garden getting the shit knocked out of me.
If you control it, you can make good use of it. But if you lose control, it will kill you.