26 Greatest Boxing Quotes Of All Time

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It’s an old cliche in boxing that often fights are won outside of the ring as they much as they are in it. Sometimes, an old-fashioned verbal smack down can be just as devastating as the most powerful of haymakers, so here are 25 of the greatest boxing quotes of all time.

1. “The tempt for greatness is the biggest drug in the world.” – Mike Tyson

2. “He can have heart, he can hit harder and he can be stronger, but there’s no fighter smarter than me.” – Floyd Mayweather

3. “Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.” – George Foreman

4. “To become a champion, fight one more round.” – James Corbett

5. “To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.” – Sugar Ray Robinson

6. “Boxing is the toughest and loneliest sport in the world.” – Frank Bruno

7. “To see a man beaten not by a better opponent but by himself is a tragedy.” – Cus D’Amato

8. “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

9. “The loss just made me hungry; it made me want to go out and win another title.” – Thomas “Hitman” Hearns

10. “I’m not God, but I am something similar.” – Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran

11. “In boxing you create a strategy to beat each new opponent, it’s just like chess.” – Lennox Lewis

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

13. “The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.” – George Foreman

14. “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.

15. “He went to the hospital with bleeding kidneys and me, I went dancing with my wife.” – George Chuvalo

16. “His mouth made him (feel) like he was gonna win. Not his hands, I had my hand. He had his lips.” – Joe Frazier

17. “He (Ali) saved my life, he saved my career. I can’t thank him enough for the chance to fight him.” – Ken Norton

18. “If you screw things up in tennis, it’s 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it’s your ass.” – Randall “Tex” Cobb

19. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” – Muhammad Ali

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’m going to eat his children” – Mike Tyson

22. “Getting hit motivates me. It makes me punish the guy more. A fighter takes a punch, hits back with three punches.” – Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran

23. “He is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. I have watched Lord of the Rings and films with strange looking people, but for a human being to look like he does is pretty shocking.” – David Haye

24. “Guten aben alles. Ich bin Tyson Fury, der sexymeister from Great Britain!” – Tyson Fury

25. “I train the same way as I’ve always trained, even before I was champion. That’s the difference, I train like a challenger.” – Joe Calzaghe

26. “It’s unbelievable really. For something that started off as a hobby, I ended up getting paid for doing it.” – Ricky Hatton