21 of the Best Ruthless and Motivational Boxing Quotes

There are a lot of great fighters, champions, and personalities in boxing. However, there are some quotes that travel the time and are still accurate today even if they were said years ago.

In this article, we compiled a list of 21 motivational boxing quotes that represent the time they were said, the boxer and his mentality.

So let’s cut the talking and dive right into it.


21 Inspirational Boxing Quotes

People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.- Muhammad Ali

I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own. Muhammad Ali

Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can’t talk. The man can’t fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he’s gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons.  – Muhammad Ali

In boxing, I had a lot of fear. Fear was good. But, for the first time, in the bout with Muhammad Ali, I didn’t have any fear. I thought, ‘This is easy. This is what I’ve been waiting for’. No fear at all. No nervousness. And I lost. – George Foreman

It would be hard to throw a punch to someone who wasn’t a boxer, who wasn’t in the ring, and who didn’t have on a pair of boxing gloves and who hadn’t been training. – George Foreman

God only made one thing in this world that’s perfect – and that’s my boxing record. – Floyd Mayweather Jr.

When you talking boxing, you talking me. – Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book. – Joe Frazier

Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring. – Sugar Ray Leonard

All the time he’s boxing, he’s thinking. All the time he was thinking, I was hitting him. – Jack Dempsey

“The tempt for greatness is the biggest drug in the world.” – Mike Tyson

“Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.” – George Foreman on his fight with Michael Moorer

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

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.” – Muhammad Ali

“To become a champion, fight one more round.” – James Corbett

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” – Jack Dempsey

“To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.” – Sugar Ray Robinson

“I want your heart. I want to eat his children. Praise be to Allah!” — Mike Tyson

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

“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

“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

We hope that you enjoyed these ever-lasting quotes said by the most memorable boxers of all time. If we have missed a great quote let us know!