I never tried to be a mercenary or a killer but a hard working fighter.— Larry Holmes
The most pleasurable Larry Holmes quotes that are glad to read
I came from a dirt farm, now I'm filthy rich.
Set a goal and make a commitment to meet that goal.
Do the best you can, but never forget your roots, never forget where you came from. After you have succeeded, look back and see if there are others that you might help to achieve what you have accomplished.
Mike Tyson would have been a good sparring partner for me and Muhammad Ali because Tyson was a fast fighter and he could punch and throw good combinations.
I achieved something once again, I think we all want to put a mark on life.
I dream, and my dreams always come true. I dreamed I was the heavyweight champion of the world. I am the heavyweight champion of the world.
Mike Tyson always had a big heart, but one of his problems is that he's short.
And he's got kind of a personal attitude. But that don't make him a great fighter.
[My] worst habit: Drinking too much Budweiser when I get angry.
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 wasn't about Larry Holmes, if I would have fought a brother I wouldn't have gotten the money I got. Give me 10 black guys and I make eight dollars. Give me Gerry Cooney and I make $10 million.
Kenny Norton hit me so hard that it still hurts.
Now there was a case of two fighters who did not like each other.
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.
Everyone still wants to see [Floyd] Mayweather and [Manny] Pacquaio fight.
When the talks start though, it always seem like it is all about Mayweather, and I think the people hate that.
My actions speak louder than my words.
Don King doesn't care about black or white. He just cares about green.
My fans know the name Larry Holmes and that he always gave it his all.
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.
When Don King's fighters lose their titles they come back fighting on the undercard for peanuts. King owns all the top heavyweights and we spar against each other but we get charged for it and that comes out of our purses.
Everybody knows that I am one of the greatest fighters of all time and I would beat all those guys.
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.
I'm happy with my career but I could have been happier if I could have been treated like a champion should have been treated because management and fighters take advantage of fighters.
Tyson is a lot better than I thought, a lot better.
People can talk about Spinks all they want... Tyson is the true champion.
I don't owe Don King anything. I got things with my own sweat and blood. I don't know if I'll be associated with Don but I won't be a slave or puppet for him.
You can't put those guys like Marciano or anyone else in with today's class of fighters.
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.
When you constantly hear people talking about going the distance, going the distance, you can't help but wonder about it. I learned a lesson: next time I will fight my fight without that doubt.
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.
Tex Cobb would call me every day after we fought, I got sick of talking to him.
I liked him a lot as a fighter, and as a person, and feel that sometimes he was misunderstood.
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'm not a guy who counts cards. I'm a guy that plays with feeling. Because I feel that if something is going to come up, it comes up; if it doesn't, it doesn't. And a lot of people get pissed at me because that's the way I play but that's the way I learned to play - with my feelings.
All fighters are prostitutes and all promoters are pimps.
I am still quick at 250 to 260 lbs and I am smarter.
One of the best ones out there was a guy named Howard Cosell. He was the best.
This is the lying thieving mother who cut me $500,000.
I always enjoy myself fighting in Mississippi. I enjoy myself fighting anywhere.
Yeah, I thought I could be heavyweight champion of the world when I was working with Ali and Joe Frazier and Earnie Shavers and all those guys. Because they were older than me and I was doing my thing.
Bob Arum and Don King can do their thing but if I fought for those guys and they put the money up like they are supposed to then I don't have a problem.
I think George Foreman must have gained about 350 lbs and is slow as ever.
That guy [Floyd Mayweather] is throwing his money around like there is no tomorrow.
I don't think Joe Louis could take the punches today fighting in this era.
I don't know if I have any regrets, I have had a pretty successful life.
I have learned good, bad, and ugly.
Don King is a hip exploiter, an intelligent flesh peddler
You never heard of any of the fighters [in heavyweight division].
It is very hard to watch. It upsets me to turn on my television set and never be able to look forward to a good fight in that weight class.
I cursed [Larry Merchant] out once, and I told him that he was a phony.
Mike Tyson does a lot of things that shows he wants to win.
He might hit you after the bell, he might hit you a little low, but he wants to win the fight. I think if he controls himself, he's okay.
Leading up to the fight [Trevor Berbick] took every opportunity he could to badmouth Larry Holmes and I just blew up. After I beat him in the ring, he tried to get me going again, saying he deserved another fight, wasn't happening.
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.
I train myself. I don't have trainers who want hundreds of thousands of dollars to train me. I hire who I want to put the grease on my face, to rub my neck and rub my back, to take my mouthpiece out and rinse it off and put the mouthpiece back in. And then I go about my business. And if they want to say something, they can give me little reminders. All you need are reminders. You don't need 'big-time' trainers.
I won't say I won't fight again but I don't think anyone wants to fight me so I am finished and I will just continue with boxing exhibitions.
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.
Mike Tyson is a sharp puncher. Earnie Shavers was a PUNISHING puncher. There was a difference between the two. Because when Shavers hit you, you feel it all the way through your body.