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 shook up the world, I shook up the world.
It’s in my blood to be around people while I was training.
I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
I give thanks to God and to all the people in the U.K. who have supported me over the years.
Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
My toughest fight was with my first wife.
I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
I figure I’ll be champ for about ten years and then I’ll let my brother take over – like the Kennedys down in Washington.
I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.
All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white.
Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.
I always bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Frazier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one helluva man, and God bless him.
Never put your money against Cassius Clay, for you will never have a lucky day.
I’m more at home with my log cabins than I am in my house in Cherry Hill.