Rocky Marciano — American Athlete born on September 01, 1923, died on August 31, 1969

Rocky Marciano was an American professional boxer who held the world heavyweight title from September 23, 1952 to April 27, 1956. Marciano went undefeated in his career and defended his title six times, against Jersey Joe Walcott, Roland La Starza, Ezzard Charles, Don Cockell, and Archie Moore. Marciano had a short, blazing career usually accustomed to pressure fighters... (wikipedia)

I have always adhered to two principles. The first one is to train hard and get in the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight.
I was on my face. I heard the count from one to 10. I kept telling myself that I had to get up, but I couldn't move. I couldn't make myself move. It was the strangest feeling.
What could be better than walking down any street in any city and knowing you're the heavyweight champion of the world?
Why waltz with a guy for 10 rounds if you can knock him out in one?
I don't want to be remembered as a beaten champion.