The Best Jake Lamotta quotes

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Jake Lamotta was an American professional boxer who held the world middleweight championship twice. He was known for his ferocious fighting style, which earned him the nickname the bull from boxing promoter Bob Arum. Lamotta also appeared in the 1970 Martin Scorsese film Raging Bull, playing opposite Robert De Niro as self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at Lamotta’s life and career inside and outside of the ring.

Here are the strongest Sugar, Life, Hurt, Fighting, Punch quotes from Jake Lamotta, and much more.


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About Jake Lamotta

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Middleweight Light Heavyweight

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5 Ft 8 In

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July 10, 1922

death of the author

September 19, 2017


Lot of guys can take punches. The idea is not to take unnecessary punishment. โ€” Jake Lamotta

Punches never bothered me that much. โ€” Jake Lamotta

God’s been pretty good to me. He made me duck all those punches that were supposed to land. โ€” Jake Lamotta

I guess God blessed me with a hard head, because I really didn’t feel punches. โ€” Jake Lamotta

lot of guys can take punches the idea is not to take unnecessary punishment Jake Lamotta quote

I forget stuff. Guess I took a few too many punches. โ€” Jake Lamotta

I’ve learned a lot about life besides how to take a punch. And I’ve taken quite a few in and out of the ring. โ€” Jake Lamotta


There was only one thing I wanted out of life. That was to be the champ. โ€” Jake Lamotta

I had such a crazy life. How I got away with it, I don’t know. โ€” Jake Lamotta

All my life, I wanted to be champion. โ€” Jake Lamotta

there was only one thing i wanted out of life that was to be the champ Jake Lamotta quote

All my life I made a living out of hurting people. Now, I make a living out of making people laugh. โ€” Jake Lamotta


I fought Sugar Ray so often, I almost got diabetes. โ€” Jake Lamotta

I fought Sugar Ray so many times, I’m surprised I’m not diabetic. โ€” Jake Lamotta

I fought Sugar Ray Robinson so many times, it’s a wonder I don’t have diabetes. โ€” Jake Lamotta

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. โ€” Jake Lamotta

i fought sugar ray so often i almost got diabetes Jake Lamotta quote

I fought Sugar Ray six times. Pound for pound the greatest fighter who ever lived. โ€” Jake Lamotta


Counting amateur fights, I have over a thousand bouts. โ€” Jake Lamotta

You can’t fight if you have any compassion or anything like that. โ€” Jake Lamotta

You don’t compare a guy with 30 or 40 fights with a guy who had 200 fights and fought over 25 years. โ€” Jake Lamotta

Sugar Ray Robinson was the greatest, poundโ€“forโ€“pound, ever. He fought most of his career with just one loss, and that was to me. He had 131 fights with one loss. โ€” Jake Lamotta

counting amateur fights i have over a thousand bouts Jake Lamotta quote

Besides being a slum kid with no great education in anything except how to fight and stay alive and steal, I also had this temper. โ€” Jake Lamotta

I fought from the time I was eight years old, sometimes three, four fights a night. We did it to eat, and we did it because we were just tough kids. โ€” Jake Lamotta

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I purposely lost a fight to Billy Fox because they promised me that I would get a shot to fight for the title if I did. โ€” Jake Lamotta

I’m the Godfather of Boxing. Everything is out in the open with me. What you see is what you get. โ€” Jake Lamotta


I conditioned myself many years ago that nobody could hurt me. โ€” Jake Lamotta

i conditioned myself many years ago that nobody could hurt me Jake Lamotta quote

People get in auto accidents, they’re paralyzed for life. I got hurt worse getting married. โ€” Jake Lamotta

My nose was broken six times, my hands six times, a few fractured ribs. Fifty stitches over my eyes. But the only place I got hurt was out of the ring. โ€” Jake Lamotta

I was able to convince my body that I could take it and nobody could hurt me. I might’ve gotten cut, stitches over my eyes. Broken nose. Broken hands. But I never really got hurt. โ€” Jake Lamotta

Inspiring Phrases From Jake Lamotta

Fear is unnecessary. โ€” Jake Lamotta

Big money causes me too much trouble with my exโ€“wives and the government. All I want is to keep busy and to be comfortable. โ€” Jake Lamotta

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I always needed money when I was younger. I had different ways of getting it. A lot of the ways I don’t like to talk about. โ€” Jake Lamotta

I lost a lot of money, lost my wife and kids. โ€” Jake Lamotta

I play solitaire and wait for something to happen. โ€” Jake Lamotta

There’s no way I’m goin’ down. I don’t go down for nobody. โ€” Jake Lamotta

Whenever I did have a lot of money, I got in trouble. โ€” Jake Lamotta

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