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.

- Gerry Cooney

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.

- Gerry Cooney

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.

- Gerry Cooney

Boxing was not the sport that I thought is was due to all the politics.

- Gerry Cooney

I am seeing all the guys, like Earnie Shavers, Tex Cobb, and Larry Holmes all the time.

- Gerry Cooney

Roberto Duran was the kind of guy who was a true fighter and you hardly see guys like that anymore.

- Gerry Cooney

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.

- Gerry Cooney

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.

- Gerry Cooney

The bad press came because they thought I should fight more. I couldn't get the fights because if I would sign to fight one of King's guys I would be signed to him. I chose not to do that. In hindsight, that might have been a mistake.

- Gerry Cooney

By the time you're 30 years old, you can be on a nowhere street, if you're not careful.

- Gerry Cooney