I was never, ever once angry in the ring.
I don’t mind people want to think Muhammad is the greatest fighter around. Everybody wants to make him great because of his mouth, that he was the best. He was good, but that doesn’t make him great. I proved that.
Fightin’ George Foreman is like being in the street with an eighteen-wheeler comin’ at you.
This ultimate fighting stuff is something I don’t agree with. Once a man is down, you have to let him have a chance to prove how good he is.
The boxing game has been good, so we need to give back. We have to teach young men how to be men.
There are places on a man’s head that are as hard as a rock. Your head’s actually stronger than your body. And you don’t have too many instruments up there workin’. But you got a lot of tools workin’ in that body: the liver, the kidneys, the heart, the lungs. You soften that up and see what happens. I lived by the body shot.
I couldn’t go to school with whites. Now there are schools that educate everyone.
Ali would not be Ali unless I had come along. Him and me had three fights.
It was all about the ring. That’s where you got your brains shook and the money took.
My mom allowed me to take an old burlap bag and fill it with moss, corn stalks and rocks, then hang it from a tree and spend an hour a day punching my heavy bag.
Joe Frazier’s life didn’t start with Ali. I was a Golden Gloves champ. Gold medal in Tokyo ’64. Heavyweight champion of the world long before I fought Ali in the Garden.
There are places on a man’s head that are as hard as a rock. Your head’s actually stronger than your body. And you don’t have too many instruments up there workin’.
Had my own car at twelve years old. Left school in the tenth grade. Married when I was sixteen. Ain’t hard to figure out; I was a man at a very young age.
My family’s support and the negative environment of the day toward blacks in South Carolina became the forces that led me out of the South – first to New York, then to Philadelphia, where I found opportunity in the form of a PAL gym and my trainer, Yank Durham.
I know my destiny. I was born into animosity, bigotry and hatred. We had water for white folks, and water for coloured folks. White lines, black lines. I came from Beaufort in South Carolina, and it was tougher than Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.