My personal goals are to fight and beat the best opponent possible.

I went to a nutritionist; my diet is pretty clean, but I wanted to get some more knowledge and understanding in some areas. My two favorite things, Clif Bars and lattes, she just destroyed in our first meeting. Coffee is fine, but soy is the most genetically modified food that we eat.

I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world.

My mom had struggles. My dad had struggles. He raised me as a single parent. I rebelled and almost quit amateur boxing, but my faith in God had a lot to do with me slowly getting my life together.

I'm a very respectful fighter, I don't get out of character and start talking crazy, but if you don't want to fight a fighter, or you don't think it's a good style, or it's just not time, then say that.

Sometimes you're going to win close fights, and that's the way it is.

You're going to face adversity. It's not if - it's when.

My thing is that if you love the sport, appreciate the sport as a whole. If you love the sport, you love the slick boxer; you love the guy who can box and punch. You love the brawler.

I'm a five-time world champion in two different weight classes. Man, it's amazing.

Going through a long legal battle is not what you sign up for as a fighter.

When you make a stance, sometimes there are consequences.

More time than not, athletes, specifically fighters, have a 15 or 20-year career, and unfortunately, we end up right where we started when it's over. All we have is maybe a round of applause when we walk in a room - Hey, there's the champ! That's great; I want that, but I've got to have something tangible to show for it, too.

I don't like to lay down on my food - it's not good for you. I like to take a walk, then meditate and read the Bible.

You don't stay undefeated without being a little stubborn.

It takes time for people to respect you.

I didn't need to get knocked down to know the fortitude that I have in me.

I don't necessarily think fighters should fight killers every time, but at some point in time, fighters should be fighting the best in their division, period.

In terms of PPV, you've got to have the right dancing partner.

People are entitled to their opinion. I respect them, but it doesn't mean they're right.

My legacy is so, so important to me.

You have to be able to adjust on the fly, and that is what the great ones do.

I got an old school coach who's more of a teacher than a coach.

I don't owe any explanations for anybody I'm fighting.

I was not intimidated by Kessler's record.

I'm not a dirty fighter. Everybody knows that.

There's always great things that champions do. It can be inside fighting, this person uses his range well, this person has a great right hand - anytime you fight a champion, there's multiple things that they do well, and you have to try to take those strengths away.

People who know me know that I'm not going to open my mouth and say something if I don't mean it. I'm very short and sweet. I'm old-school when it comes to it: I say what I mean and mean what I say, and then get off of it. It's simple as that.

My fans are truly my friends.

You have to change on the fly. You have to adapt. It's what I do. It's what wins for me.

You don't get points for leaving the chin open.

I'm just being me. If I'm not enough, I don't know what to tell you. I'm not going to apologize about it.

I don't have one polarizing message. It is just about being consistent over the years.

I talk to amateurs, up-and-coming guys, fighters older than me, and we compare notes to teach each other how to leave this game on top from a legacy and financial standpoint.

Chasing greatness - it's what I'm about.

I spar with Nick and Nate Diaz... those boys know what they're doing; they can throw their hands.

I get the headlines for being slick and different things like that - which is part of my game - but it's just amazing to me that a lot of times, the people don't see the other things that go on in that ring. But a lot of times, when my opponents figure it out, the fight is over. It's too late.

If people are honest, they'll admit that I do have a fan base.

I only ever give praise to elite fighters.

From my position, obviously I want to maximise my potential and go as far as I can go and as high as I can go, but I'm not chasing fame. I get enough of that.

Monsters have always been built in this sport. I just don't believe the hype. You've got to show me.

I have showed things in sparring and camp that I don't show in fights.

If something happens and you're behind, and you get hit in the mouth early like that, you have two options: You can either pack it in mentally and internally and go into survival mode and quit, or you're going to get up and go to work.

I want to be able to look back and say that I stood where I was supposed to stand. I fought where I was supposed to fight, in the ring and out of the ring.

Sometimes the biggest statements you can make are by living something out.

My question is why does every African American fighter have to be the villain?

For me, it's about trying to be the best in a sport where there's little room for error.

Not fighting, avoiding talking to fans... that's when the thoughts creep in about retiring and moving on to something else.

I know I'm a good fighter, probably a great fighter. I've fought the best in the world since I was a kid, and I've been fortunate to come out on top.

I just want my career to be ran a certain way. When you get the sense it's not, that your voice is not being heard, then, unfortunately, you have to do certain things to make a stand to fight what you believe in, even if you do have to sacrifice time.