Boxing has always had a colorful collection of characters.
Fighters, trainers, promoters and broadcasters have uttered unforgettable quotes.
These people may have spouted these remarks to promote themselves, challenge someone, make noise or to insult other foes—genuinely or as a joke.
The quotes can be funny, inspiring, insulting or just plain nonsense.
Let's take a look at some of the most memorable quotes in boxing.
"He can't pull the trigger."
“Just don't trash talk, then refuse to sign a contract. That's disrespectful.”
"To see a man beaten not by a better opponent but by himself, is a tragedy."
"There are too many governing bodies. They're all corrupt. I think they have replaced the old mobsters with the kind of 'corporate rule' of boxing.”
“It's to me one simple rule. Who imposes his will on the other man?”
“My business is hurting people.”
"Whatever comes next for me, as far as boxing is concerned, I have no regrets. I would never change what I've accomplished and the history I've made."
“Throughout the history of the sport, the heavyweight champion has been...a reason to talk about boxing at the water cooler.”
"I tried my best."
"I am a competitor, I am the Michael Jordan of boxing, and I always have something to prove to myself. This is not about money anymore. It is to know that at 42 years old in this world, I can easily rule."
"Boxing isn't just about brute strength—it's about skill and outwitting your opponent."
"I don't see anyone on the horizon, even in the amateurs, that's going to beat him. He [Wladimir Klitschko] can hold this title until he retires."
"I could have knocked him out in the third round, but I wanted to do it slowly, so he would remember this night for a long time."
"Ricky Hatton ain't nothing but a fat man. I'm going to punch him in his beer belly when I see him."
"This is a war of attrition. This is the final battle. I am here and I will die in that ring before I give up what I have."
"I'm going to say hello to two friends who I've shut out of my life for the past 10 weeks while I trained the hardest I've ever done for a fight. So welcome back Mr. Guinness and Mr. Dom Perignon."
"I think boxing is a dying sport."
"Everybody in my generation loved Muhammad Ali. What a horrid task to have to take on.”
"Every unfortunate event does not give rise to lawsuit."
"All of these alphabet soups can go to hell.”
"A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."