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All Quotes by author - Gerry Cooney
" All of the sports have a safety net, but boxing is the only sport that has none. So when the fighter is through, he is through. While he was fighting his management was very excited for him, but now that he is done, that management team is moving on. "
" Am I complicated? Nah, I'm interesting. I just like having a good time. "
Having A Good Time
" Boxing gave me a voice to express the anger I felt for where I came from. "
" By the time you're 30 years old, you can be on a nowhere street, if you're not careful. "
" Drug abuse is a very difficult disease. "
" Every Saturday and Sunday, when the other guys were out having a good time at the mall, I was at home working in the garden. "
Having A Good Time
" Growing up training, I use to get up so early I would wave to the garbage men going by. So, I had this relationship with Blue Collar America and I really liked it. I felt that lots of those people looked forward to me winning. "
" I am involved in minor league baseball. I go around the country speaking to troubled youths, trying to help them understand that whatever path they choose, they'll need to really pay attention to it. "
" I am seeing all the guys, like Earnie Shavers, Tex Cobb, and Larry Holmes all the time. "
" I grew up in a big Irish, Catholic family. My dad was a pretty rough guy. So one of my brothers left home when he was 15 and found his way to the gym. It gave me the opportunity to go and spend some time with him and work out in the gym. "
" I liked to watch the expression in the fighter's face change when you connected with him. You know when you connect in the right spot. It's like a tunnel vision. "
" I'm a happy guy. I just want to see people laugh and smile. "
" I'm a real person. I have real feelings. I have real thoughts. It's a quality people like about me. They can reach out and touch me. I wouldn't give it up for anything. "
" I'm easygoing. There's a place and time for everything. When that bell rings, I'm not nice and easy. I'm not meek and passive. "
" It takes a strong person to admit he's got problems. Things are bugging you, you've got to get it out. Life is supposed to be peaches and cream, but it doesn't turn out that way. I sometimes found things confusing and sometimes didn't understand how things can be so difficult. "
" I've had a long, long road with lots of ups and downs. But that's all behind me now. "
Ups And Downs
" I've just had some bad luck. I've had every injury known to man. I understand how people think, 'How can this be happening all the time to Gerry Cooney?' But it did. "
" I've spent most of my life in prison. I was a prisoner of my fear and my low self-esteem. "
" I was a left hooker, and I loved hooking. I also really liked to jab and mix it up right away. "
" I was a small kid from Huntington, Long Island. I never imagined that anything like that would happen to me. "
" Muhammad Ali was the kind of guy you either loved or hated, but you wanted to see him. I happen to really love him. He brought boxing to another level and always made you laugh. "
" Roberto Duran was the kind of guy who was a true fighter and you hardly see guys like that anymore. "
" The past is yesterday. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. "
" The road hasn't always been paved for me. People identify with that. Everybody passes through hard times, and I think that's part of my appeal - that I have, too. "
" You have a small period of time when you can perfect your career and become good at it. A lot of guys get distracted, which only hurts them. You must stay focused and work very hard at boxing. "
" You take that walk from the dressing room to the ring and that's when the real man comes out. Then you climb up those four stairs and into the ring. Then finally, you can't wait for the bell to ring. "
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