Boxing great Jake LaMotta passed away on Wednesday at the age of 93. He’s best known for the film Raging Bull, where Robert DeNiro plays the role of Jake LaMotta, showing the underbelly of a boxing legend. LaMotta had a career of ups and downs, he’s a former World Middleweight Champion, with a record of 83-19 in 106 professional fights. He was also a stand-up comedian while retired from boxing.
LaMotta was able to absorb a tremendous amount of punishment throughout his career, with his thick skull and tough jaw muscles. He was not much of a heavy hitter, but he was still able to beat his opponent senseless. On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, this boxing legend finally called it quits and moved on to the great beyond. Let’s take this moment to remember some of Jake LaMotta’s words of wisdom, plus some pretty controversial statements that are definitely not PC…
Jake LaMotta Quotes: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings
“There’s no way I’m goin’ down. I don’t go down for nobody.
“The three toughest fighters I ever fought were Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Robinson. I fought Sugar so many times, I’m surprised I’m not diabetic.”
“In my whole career, I’ve never really gotten hurt. The only ones that really hurt me were my wives.”
“I was so good at boxing because I worked hard. I worked harder than anybody. When other boxers used to box in the gym, three or four rounds, I used to box 10-20 rounds.”
“I fought Sugar [Ray Robinson] so many times that I’m lucky I didn’t get diabetes”
“You can’t go into the ring and be a nice guy. I would go a month, two months, without having sex. It worked for me because it made me a vicious animal. You can’t fight if you have any compassion or anything like that.”
“On the way here this guy steps up to us and says, ‘Would you like to join Jehovah’s Witnesses?’ and Rocky (Graziano) says ‘I didn’t see nuttin!'”
“You punch like you take it up the ass.”
“I read the Romans had bread and circuses. We had home relief and boxing.”
“Besides Bob Satterfield, the only ones who ever hurt me were my ex-wives.”