Boxing Quotes

Most popular boxing quotes

Honey, I forgot to duck.
He can run, but he can't hide.
Lie down so I can recognize you.

insulting

I wont miss boxing; boxing will miss me.
Boxing is just show business with blood.
Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
The bigger they come, the harder they fall.
Boxing was just a means to introduce me to the world.
I'll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.
Frazier's got two chances. Slim, and none. And Slim just left town.

trash talking

Ain't no reason for me to kill nobody in the ring, unless they deserve it.
There's more to boxing than hitting. There's not getting hit, for instance.
What are eight million dollars compared to the love of eight million Cubans?
It's a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sands. I beat people up.
Martin Luther King took us to the mountain top: I want to take us to the bank.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see.
First your legs go. Then you lose your reflexes. Then you lose your friends. Willie Pep.
You're damn right I do. I'm in Madison Square Garden getting the shit knocked out of me.
If you screw things up in tennis, it's 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it's your ass.
We've all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up.

talent

If you control it, you can make good use of it. But if you lose control, it will kill you.
Prize fighters can sometimes read and write when they start—but they can't when they finish.
Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.
Boxers are not dragged into the ring, although they might sometimes be dragged out. They go voluntarily.
To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
He has turned defensive boxing into a poetic art. Trouble is, nobody ever knocked anybody out with a poem.
Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book.
In no other sport is the connection between performer and observer so intimate, so frequently painful, so unresolved.
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.
A Chicago alderman once confessed he needed physical exercise but didn't like jogging, because in that sport you couldn't hit anyone.

exercise

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.