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Rocky Marciano ( 1923 - 1969 ), American boxer, only heavyweight to retire undefeated at 49-0: "I quit school in the sixth grade because of pneumonia. Not because I had it, but because I couldn't spell it...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...Strength is not the most important thing in boxing. It's Cordination, planning, conditioning, and a strong punch plays an important part, but it's not the most important part. Boxing is not all about strength; you have to have something up in the head, too."

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