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Famous Boxing Quotes

Famous Boxing Quotes

by Loot, Boxing Handicapper,

When a boxer speaks, it's usually fueled by emotion and without much thought. In my opinion, famous boxing quotes are absolute best spoken words in any sport. There is nothing like a guy wearing it on his sleeve! Listed below, you'll find a compilation of famous boxing sayings from popular boxers, trainers and announcers. Have something to contribute? Please drop us a line! We'd appreciate it!

Muhammad Ali

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

“I ain’t got no quarrel with no Vietcong.”

“He’s too ugly to be champ. Look at me, I’m pretty.”

“When you’re as great as I am, it’s hard to be humble.”

“Boxing is a lot of white men watching black men beat each other up.”

“Service to others is the rent you pay for a room here on earth.”

“If you look at the world the same way when you’re 50 that you did when you were 20, then you wasted 30 years.”

Bob Arum

“Yesterday I was lying. Today, I’m telling the truth.”

“I’m gonna make a ton of money on the rematch, but that decision was horrible.”

Teddy Brenner

“Harold Johnson represents perfection in the ring. And there’s no room for perfection in boxing.”

George Chuvalo

“What are you, nuts?”--to referee after stopping his three-round pounding at the hands of George Foreman.

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

Angelo Dundee

“You’re blowin’ it son. You’re blowin’ it.”--to Sugar Ray Leonard as he fell way behind to Thomas Hearns in their 1981 fight.

“Assumption is the mother of the screw-up.”

“It doesn’t cost any more to be nice.”

George Foreman

“The age of 40 is not a death sentence.”

“They say I don’t fight guys unless they’re on a respirator. That’s incorrect. They have to be at least 3 days off a respirator.”

“I want to keep fighting because it’s the only thing that keeps me out of the hamburger joints. If I don’t fight, I’ll eat this planet.”

“Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.”

“Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with my right hand.”

“The Internal revenue Service is the real undefeated Heavyweight Champion.”

Joe Frazier

“You got 3 things going against you: you’re good, you’re left-handed, and you’re black.”--to a young Marvin Hagler as he struggled to gain recognition.”

“Boxing is the only sport where you can get your brain shook, your money took, and your name in the undertaker’s book.”

“Fighting George Foreman is like being in the street with an 18-wheeler coming at you.”

“Kill the body and the head will die.”


Rocky Graziano

“I don’t know, I’m not from this neighborhood.”--to Jake LaMotta after a night of drinking when LaMotta asked “is that the sun or the moon?”

“I quit school in the 5th grade because of pneumonia. Not that I had it, but I couldn’t spell it.”

“Hey ma, your bad boy did good!”

Mitch Green

“Michelle Cicely Tyson is a sissy! He’s a homo!”

Marvin Hagler

“Stop moving, bitch.”--to the highly-mobile Sugar Ray Leonard

“He woulda needed to hit me with the ring post because I wasn’t going anywhere”--on his fight with Tommy Hearns.

“When a man steps into the ring, he’s going to war.”

Larry Holmes

“The WBC stands for We Be Crooks.” “All fighters are prostitutes and all promoters are pimps.”

“Don King doesn’t care about black or white. He just cares about green.”

Jesse James Hughes

“Let’s dance. baby!”--To Buddy McGirt before their fight.

Jake LaMotta

“I fought Sugar Ray Robinson so many times, it’s a wonder I din’t get diabetes.”

Johnny LoBianco

“You can’t even walk and you’re talking about fighting?!” Referee LoBianco to a protesting Reggie Gross after being TKO’d by Mike Tyson.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“Legacy don’t pay bills.”

“You stick to commentating, let me do the fighting.”-to announcer Larry Merchant.

Peter McNeeley

“I’m gonna wrap him in a cocoon of horror.”--on his upcoming fight with Mike Tyson, where McNeeley was KO’d in the first round.

Larry Merchant

“Gatti oughta be fighting with his fedora on.”

“Fernando Vargas may have had a 6-pack in his stomach, but he didn’t have a six-pack on his chin.”

“To say he has a glass chin is an insult to glass.”

“Was it your strategy to just take as much punishment as you could and then hope he would fall down?”

“If I were 50 years younger, I would kick your ass”--to an argumentative Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Ron Stander’s Wife

“You don’t enter a Volkswagen into the Indianapolis 500.”

Marlon Starling

“I was never down.”--to interviewer showing him a clip of being knocked out cold.

Bruce Strauss

“You’re taking away my whole game plan!”--to referee who was warning the fighters in the center of the ring to not hit low or use rabbit punches.

Antonio Tarver

“You got any excuses tonight, Roy?”--to Roy Jones in the center of the ring before their rematch, which Tarver won by knockout.

James Toney

“I don’t need a belt to make me. I make the belt.”

“Look at my body. Does it look like I sue steroids?”

Mike Tyson

“You’re sweet. I’m gonna make you my girlfriend with those big lips.”--to upcoming opponent Razor Ruddock.

“I just want to conquer people and their souls.”

“I refuse to be beat.”

“My power is discombobulatingly devastating.”

“If he’s not dead, it doesn’t count.”--On his upcoming fight with Razor Ruddock.”

“He was crying in there, making woman gestures.”

“I’m gonna fade into Bolivian.”

Chuck Wepner

“If I survived the Marines, I can survive Ali.”

“So when do I meet the champ?”--Wepner’s wife to Wepner who told her before getting knocked out by Joe Frazier that she would be sleeping with the Heavyweight Champ tonight.

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  • Famous Boxing Quotes - When a fighter speaks, it's usually from the heart and with much emotion. Definitely not well thought out either! Loot shares his list of some of the most famous and popular boxing sayings ever.
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