This anniversary of the war is a provocation for us.
I hate you. You beat Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad could take a very good punch. He was slick, he could move, he could hit, make you miss, good hand speed and combinations and one of the greatest fighters of all time in my opinion.
I'm not in the K-1 tournament. We thought about it but they really don't want me as they feel I might get hurt so that's fine with me but I do see a lot of guys out there that I feel I can take.
Everybody knows that I am one of the greatest fighters of all time and I would beat all those guys.
I am still quick at 250 to 260 lbs and I am smarter.
I don't feel that I ever got the chance to show my very best. I felt like I was lacking something. I don't think I showed my best.
People think that I reached the top overnight well, it took me fourteen years. I was twenty-nine before I really made it. I've had my jaws and hands broken. One arm is out of place. I've paid my dues in this business.
I would think about the outcome. Visualize sometimes. Because it never comes out the way you want it to. Fight the way I know how to fight. Whatever comes up, comes up.
When I was over there they tried to poison me and I wasn't feeling good anyway but I really felt I beat him but didn't get the decision.
I have a lot of friends and fans in Canada and as a matter of fact I met a fan from there that came down to my office. It was nice and we took pictures and had a nice talk.
With a record of 75 fights and 6 losses, some of the losses were very questionable including Brian Nielsen when we fought in Denmark. I knew I won but they didn't give me that fight.
The guys today are just too strong and back then they would take many hard punches to land one.
We put our life on the line to fight for them, put on a show and these guys take our money so whatever happens to Bob Arum, Don King or anyone else is fine with me.
You can't put those guys like Marciano or anyone else in with today's class of fighters.
I still feel that I am in my prime right now but I think my best fights were in my thirties.
I always felt good about myself. I was just an average person. I always felt I could do anything anyone else could. If an average person makes up their mind to do something, they can.
I think Ali was a fan of mine, even though he never said it. A lot of fighters thought I was pretty good. Nobody every really spoke different on that. But a lot of fighters thought I was good so.
I don't think Joe Louis could take the punches today fighting in this era.
One of the best ones out there was a guy named Howard Cosell. He was the best.
Many activists around the country have been discussing this date.
My fans know the name Larry Holmes and that he always gave it his all.
I came from a dirt farm, now I'm filthy rich.
All fighters are prostitutes and all promoters are pimps.
Fighters today are much bigger, stronger and quicker and not only that but referees, judges and doctors back then were very strict and if your head got busted up the fight would be stopped.
Those guys were made for me and Muhammad because they come straight in and don't back up but you had to watch out for his punching power but if we could have neutralized that then we would have been fine.
I was probably the best that ever walked this earth. And I could take a punch. I could deliver a punch. I didn't have the hardest punch in the world but my punches were sharp and they were crisp. And if you took too many of them, you would be knocked out.
George Foreman is easier and has the bigger name and have you noticed that Foreman never calls me out or ever mentions my name? He is afraid of me like most fighters are and most people want to forget about Larry Holmes, like he never ever existed.
It's hard being black. You ever been black? I was black once - when I was poor.
Ali was a guy that had a lot of discipline. If you hung around him, you'd be able to get some of that discipline that he had. And I learned from that. He was a sweet man.
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