Nicknamed as the “Big George”, George Foreman is a two time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. This former American professional boxer went on to become an ordained minister, author and entrepreneur. His boxing career can be split up into two phases - 1969-1977 and 1987-1997. In the first phase of his career, he defeated the invincible Joe Frazier and went to win his first heavyweight championship. He defended his title successfully twice before his first professional defeat to Muhammad Ali in ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’. With lack of opportunities for another shot at the title and what Foreman considered a “religious epiphany”, he retired and eventually became an ordained minister. A decade later, he made a comeback into the ring and defeated Michael Moorer and became the oldest boxer to win the heavyweight title. “Big George” was inducted into the ‘World Boxing Hall of Fame’ and the ‘International Boxing Hall of Fame’. With an unparallel record of 68 knockouts, 76 wins and 5 losses, the IBRO rated Foreman as the 8th greatest heavyweight of all time. Here are some of the famous quotes from this legendary boxer highlighting his thoughts and sayings.
After you work out, you have your dog with you. There's no better companion. You've got to have a friend. I didn't like opponents who had dogs with them. Because you know they had a little edge. They have a friend.
I've been on the opposite side of decisions before when the crowd would be booing and saying that I lost. I've lived with it. Judging in boxing has been same since the beginning, and it isn't gonna change.
It's strange because you - your life goes so swiftly. You look up one day you're a teenager, the next day you're a grandfather and you want to decide, 'I sure hope my kids don't make the same mistakes.'
They call it the rope-a-dope. Well, I'm the dope. Ali just laid on the rope and I, like a dope, kept punching until I got tired. But he was probably the most smart fighter I've ever gotten into the ring with.
You want to leave something; you really do. I mean, in the end, statues and all those things, that doesn't mean anything. Leave something that we're all going to benefit from. I think that's what I'd like to do.
My favorite drink is water - the bland one: Evian. I stick with that. I celebrate in the evening sometimes with Perrier. That's why I love coming to California. They're always talking to you about bottled water.
I don't even think about a retirement program because I'm working for the Lord, for the Almighty. And even thought the Lord's pay isn't very high, his retirement program is, you might say, out of this world.
I love the pigeons. I just raise them, period, and feed them. Pigeons go away, and they always come back. You get a touch of freedom, and then they are free to come back to you. I love the idea of pigeons.
It's great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later.
I am so happy to be alive. That's the one thing I'd like for people to know. Sometimes people walk by and slip up and say the wrong thing about me, and I'll smile. They wonder why am I smiling. Because I'm happy that I'm alive.
In boxing, I had a lot of fear. Fear was good. But, for the first time, in the bout with Muhammad Ali, I didn't have any fear. I thought, 'This is easy. This is what I've been waiting for'. No fear at all. No nervousness. And I lost.
When it gets to the part in life where you're more afraid of what your wife is going to do to you than if you box, say, Mike Tyson, you've got to get a new profession. You don't get to be a family. I know why boxers never quit, some of them. They don't have wives.
In raising children, life brings forth those things where you do what you should never have done and what I taught you never to do. And when my kids have done those things, I just kind of look at them and say, 'Now you know life.'