“I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.”
- I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.
- I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
- I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.
- I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.
- I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.
- I never thought of losing, but now that it’ s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
- I said I was ‘The Greatest,’ I never said I was the smartest!
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