One of my favorite aspects of the sport of boxing is the characters and story line that goes along with it. It’s one of the few sports that people can change their lives through their own endeavor and I think often times the struggle of the boxer rising from the bottom of the barrel to the top of the heap, taking the many knocks along the way and suffering tragedy when dreams are broken, resonates with the average human being as almost a metaphor for the struggles that they go through in their own lives. 

Within this great drama and story there have been many influential characters through the years in the boxing world who have left there mark with some of the most succinct, insightful and knowledgeable words this writer has ever seen or heard. I won’t lie, some of the quotes I’ve read and heard in boxing through the years are what inspired me in the first place to start writing about the sport, as there is so many that really hit home in real life from an inspiration and reality point of view – not to mention there are many hilarious one’s too!

Although I like to talk on here about my own opinions on this great sport, the truth is the story of boxing is best told by those within it. So here goes, here’s a list of some of the best boxing quotes of all time that I’ve ever come across anyway: (feel free to drop by with your own too)

20. “Some pay to see me win, some pay to see me lose, but they all pay.”

Floyd Mayweather

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

George Foreman

18. “Let’s get ready to rumble!” 

– Michael Buffer

17. “The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.”

George Foreman

16. “Bruce Lee was an artist and, like him, I try to go beyond the fundamentals of my sport. I want the public to see a knockout in the making.”

– Sugar Ray Leonard

15. “Boxing is a contest of character and ingenuity. The boxer with more will, determination, desire, and intelligence is always the one who comes out the victor.”

– Cus D’Amato

14. “Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble.”

Sugar Ray Robinson

13. “The temptation for greatness is the biggest drug in the world.”

Mike Tyson

12. “I made a lot of mistakes out of the ring, but I never made any in it.”

– Jack Johnson

11. “If you screw things up in tennis, it’s 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it’s your ass.”

– Randall “Tex” Cobb

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

Floyd Mayweather 

8. “There are a lot of things and in order to be at the top and maintain your focus you have to have something that motivates you. For me, it was what I perceived as a lack of respect from the boxing world as well as the media, which made me want to work so hard and be great.”

– Marvelous Marvin Hagler

7. “Once that bell rings you’re on your own. It’s just you and the other guy.”

Joe Louis

6. “The possession of muscular strength and the courage to use it in contests with other men for physical supremacy does not necessarily imply a lack of appreciation for the finer and better things of life.”

– Jack Johnson

5. “To see a man beaten not by a better opponent but by himself is a tragedy.”

– Cus D’Amato

4. “We gon’ float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. AH! Rumble, young man rumble! AH!”

– Bundini

3. “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


2. “I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.”

Muhammad Ali

1. “The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It’s the same thing, fear, but it’s what you do with it that matters.”

– Cus D’Amato

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