Boxing's Greatest Quotes: Part One (Muhammad Ali Special)

Barney CorkhillSenior Writer IApril 20, 2009

Barney Corkhill's Great Quotes series returns!

After a break of over six months, the series in which I look at the greatest quotes ever to be uttered in various sports is back! After previously looking at Athletics, Baseball, and Cricket, we now move on to boxing.

And, to start us off in style, we have a Muhammad Ali special!

There were a few people who could match Ali in the ring, but none came close to matching him on the mic. His trash-talking and brash attitude provided much entertainment, along with some very memorable quotes!

So, without further ado, let's look at the Muhammad Ali special of the Greatest Quotes series. Here are 20 of the best:



"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!"

"I'll beat him [Floyd Patterson] so hard he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on!"

"Sonny Liston's so ugly that when he cries, the tears run down the back of his head!"

"Here I predict Sonny Liston's dismemberment, I'll hit him so hard, he'll forget where October/November went!"

"I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing, and the shadow won!"

"Journalist Howard Cosell was gonna be a boxer when he was a kid, only they couldn't find a mouthpiece big enough!"

"I'm so mean, I make medicine sick!"

"I'm so fast I could hit you before God gets the news!"

"I should be a postage stamp. That's the only way I'll ever get licked!"*

"If you ever dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologise!"

"It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am!"

"Sonny Liston would rather be dropped in the middle of Vietnam with a peashooter before he'd fight me again!"

"Joe Frazier's so ugly, they ought to donate his face to the World Wildlife Fund!"

"Mike Tyson is too ugly to become champion. He's got gold teeth. He's got bald spots all over his head. I used to call Joe Frazier "The Gorilla" but next to Tyson, Joe was a beautiful woman!"

"If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you!"

"I said I was the greatest, not the smartest!" - After failing an Army Intelligence Test

"Boxing's a rough sport. After every fight I rush to the mirror to make sure I'm still presentable. A lot of boxers' features change - mainly when I fight them!"

"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up!"

"I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own!"

"My toughest fight was with my first wife!"


* = Barney's Greatest Quote


There you have your Muhammad Ali special of boxing's greatest quotes! Tune in next time for some more great quotes from boxing!


What is your favourite Ali quote? Is it one from this group or another?