Ranking the 10 Best Lines in the History of Boxing Trash Talk

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Ranking the 10 Best Lines in the History of Boxing Trash Talk
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I have ambivalent feelings about trash talk in boxing. The old school crank in me generally thinks, “Look, if you fellas are going to fight, anyway, why spend so much time talking about it?”

But then there's the part of me that writes about fighting on the Internet. That part of me has deadlines to meet and copy to generate. And I want people to read that copy.

So fighters who like to talk smack make my job easier. And in boxing, it's good for business all the way around when the two competitors have spent some time jawing at each other in sight of the paying public.

I was on a media call earlier this afternoon promoting the June 29 fight with Gennady Golovkin and Matthew Macklin. Everybody on the call was a total gentleman.

Co-promoters Tom Loeffler and Lou Dibella complimented each other. Trainers Buddy McGirt and Abel Sanchez complimented each other. And Macklin and Golovkin were very respectful and complimentary of each other.

That doesn't make me want to see the fight any less. Two of the top middleweights in the world will be squaring off. For me, that's always going to be enough.

But when Paulie Malignaggi fights Adrien Broner Saturday night in Brooklyn, I'm going to be pretty curious to see which guy ends up eating crow.

For the purposes of this list, my own tastes have been weighed towards entertainment and historical significance. Most of the fighters on this list have talked enough trash to generate an entire list all of their own.    

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