It is not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, but the size of the fight in the dog.
This makes all the hard hours of training, all the work and commitment that one puts into boxing worthwhile ... I'm over the moon.
Joe is arguably the greatest British fighter of all time.
250,000 people turned up in Dublin to cheer me on an open-topped bus along O'Connell St after my world title winning fight in 1985. I'll never forget the sea of smiling faces that greeted me that day.
I don't want to sound obnoxious, but I like to think I brought it another step. I was able to bring people who were casually interested in boxing together.
I get people to this day - I won my title 25 years ago - saying how wonderful a time they had during that dark period in our history when they came to watch me fight.
I wanted to bring people together, and most importantly not feel threatened when they came to watch me box.
I've spent my life navigating through sensitive issues. Not wanting to upset people.
When I think of the people who have been there, and the people I grew up admiring - the likes of Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard... it's just incredible that I'm in the same sort of club.
The trouble with boxing is that too often it ends in sadness.
While my father sang, Pedroza stared at me. By that time my eye pupils were staring at him, too, like a terrier that's got hold of a fox.
If somebody had told me in the 1980s that Gerry Adams would shake hands with Ian Paisley or Peter Robinson I would have said put that man in a white suit and lock him up in a padded cell.
I'd had 35 professional fights and mentally I was tired of it. I'd sort ot fallen out of love with the sport.
What I would say about Barney Eastwood is that when our relationship worked, it worked extremely well. He had a lot of strengths as a promoter and a manager.
Boxing is changing and training methods are slowly being dragged into the 21st century.