He would come to the gym and if he didn’t get a ride to the gym, he didn’t have no car, he would run. He would run across the causeway.
Mohammed Ali, one of my great heroes, had a great line in the ’70s when he was asked, “How many sit-ups do you do?” He said, “I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. When I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because that’s when it really counts.” That’s what makes you a champion.
“Jerry, I’m the greatest fighter that ever stepped foot in the ring. Money will be lost that night. This will be the biggest upset in the century of all boxing.”
“I think you’re a big bag of wind. The damnedest showman that ever lived, and you ain’t kidding anybody.”
The odds were 7-to-1. It’s very big odds… for a heavyweight championship fight.
It has to be Liston.
Liston is a much bigger puncher.
Where all these bigmouth people talking about I talk too much Well, I want all of them to be there. And I’m gonna shut up all of you’s mouths. 24 00:01:03,080 –> 00:01:06,580 And Cassius Clay has won out of six-round…
Cassius is not my name no more.
So you want to keep calling me a white man’s name. I’m not white.
Ali continues to scream at Terrell.
He beat the hell out of those who didn’t want to use his name.
Mr. Muhammad Ali has just refused to be inducted…
into the United States Armed Forces.
I’m not allowed to work here now in America.
I’m gonna fight, not for me but to uplift my little brothers who are sleeping concrete floors today in America.
He wanted to become famous to help people. It’s wonderful…
I’m gonna float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.
George can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.
All you chumps are gonna bow when I whoop him, all of you, I know you got him, I know you’ve got him picked, but the man’s in trouble, I’ma show you how great I am I bluffed him, I’d done everything.
Beat him up, basically for about five or six rounds.
Then about the sixth round he whispered in my ear, after I’d hit him in the side, “That all you got, George?” And never talk about who’s gonna stop me.
Ain’t nobody gonna stop me.
I told you all, all of my critics, that I was the greatest of all time.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
When you’re a kid, you always bet some fellas, “I’m gonna be champion one day, and when I’m champion, I’m gonna come down and show you I’m wrong.”
And then I say, “Guys, I’m gonna be a great doctor one day”
and I’m gonna be a dentist. I’m gonna be a great scientist.”
“I’m gonna be the President of the country.”
And there are very few people actually are able to make good of the boasts and come home and say, “I told you.”