“You know, it’s a funny thing. Those crowds, those autographs, having everybody say, ‘Hey, Robinson,’ being somebody, it gets you. Some people can’t understand that. And you know one day it’s got to go. Boxing is a young man’s game. Now take Joe Louis. Maybe he needs money. But it’s the crowds, it’s being the champ he misses. This isn’t no easy life. Man, there’s temptation. You don’t know what temptation. Temptation, it eats away a man’s will power. Will power don’t last forever, you know.”

Sugar Ray Robinson, 1951


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