Quotes by Panamanian authors


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"Right now, it's very difficult to single out one fighter, pound-for-pound, who is the best. Right now, it's very complex. Miguel Cotto, Mayweather and Zab Judah's a good fighter as well"
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"I was born to be champion of the world"
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"If I had the medical clearance to fight, I would want to fight the best. The best would be Mayweather"
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"I'm not God - but I am something similar"
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"Getting hit motivates me. It makes me punish the guy more. A fighter takes a punch, hits back with three punches"
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"Nobody stands out right now. Everybody has similar styles. None of these fighters have reinvented the wheel and created a new style"
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"Yes, it's true I once knocked out a horse. It was at a fiesta in my mother's home town of Guarare. Someone bet me a bottle of whiskey that I couldn't do it"
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"There is only one legend. That's me"
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"I want to thank America. You opened your heart so I could enter. Thank you everybody who lives in the United States, who saw me grow into becoming a world champion"
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"I laugh when Floyd Mayweather says that if he went back in time he would beat us all. I'll tell you this: if he was in the same era as Hagler and Hearns and Leonard and me, I don't think he would be such a big name. There is too much talk"
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"I really feel that if it wasn't for the accident, I'd still be fighting. I would have handled some of these fighters. I would have made sure that the doctors would have declared me physically sound; and after that, I would have trained"
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"Everybody says it: black, white; everybody calls me a legend. Italians, Jews. Everybody"
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"De La Hoya doesn't know about salsa. He should keep on singing mariachis and leave the salsa to me. I'm good at salsa"
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"Currently, I'm working with a company called DRL Promotions with my partners Dan Wise and Luis De Cubas. We're currently representing over 30 fighters"
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"The life of a boxer is about fighting for world titles"
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"Some of the old refs have favoritism toward some of the fighters that are currently fighting. There should be a changing of the guard with the refs, the same way there are with fighters"
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"I didn't do drugs, I never did do drugs. Never. I don't have any story of drugs, you know, to speak of. Never did drugs, never was interested in drugs and then I wasn't interested in the people around the drugs"
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"It doesn't make sense for me to be a lawyer in a place where there is no law"
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"I was the first person to come into New York with a Latin American point of view which was also very much influenced by political happenings in Latin America"
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"Anywhere you had a commerce center, you had a lot of music"
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"And music was a very important part of our lives. The radio was on all day"
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"What is interesting in this is the exchange of music that occurred between New Orleans and Cuba, I mean, they had ferries that would go from one port to another"
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"There was no television, so the radio provided you with everything"
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"So that in 1974, when I graduated as a lawyer, I figured I'm not going to be a lawyer under a military regime"
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"So that when I came from Panama... my family was exiled in 1973 and they went to Miami"
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"So I went to Miami in '74 with my family and while I was there it became obvious that we needed money and we needed to do something, because my family, we left without anything really, and we didn't have any money to begin with"
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"A lot of times you're just conditioned by what's around you"
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"What I do not accept is the fact that so many people's talents were ripped off"
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"The grandmother, the mother, the worker, the student, the intellectual, the professional, the unemployed, everybody identified with the songs because they were descriptions of life in the city"
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"Every band had their own distinctive sound, but it was pretty much dancing music and rhythmic music with a tremendous emphasis on copying the Cuban models"