The general impression of those who fight with their fists is that they're inarticulate, but the heavyweight champions had plenty to say, if you know where to look. Here's a small sample to start a new week.
"I go in to win from the very first second, and I never stop until I have won. Win I must, and win I will, at every stage of the game.”
— John L. Sullivan
"If you want to see how strong somebody is, let him get disappointed."
— Evander Holyfield
"Boxing has put a lot of bread in a lot of people’s pockets—same thing as love."
— Joe Frazier
"I got up more times than anyone."
— Floyd Patterson, when reminded that he had been knocked down more than any other heavyweight champion
"I realized that everything I always thought was the truth was a lie, so I had to start my life all over."
— Mike Tyson