“In life, you go big or you go home. I just like to take challenges. This is a hell of a mountain to try to climb, and I didn’t get to the summit today, but it doesn’t mean I’m gonna give up. It doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop. I appreciate all the support from everybody. Obviously, Mickey is a hell of a fighter. I will be back — believe it or not. This was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life — second best night of my life, besides marrying my wife, obviously.
“I know there’s a lot of doubters, but, listen, life’s about falling down and getting up. It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down, it’s about getting back up. So if there’s any kid out there that’s told by a parent or a coach or a teacher or somebody that they look up to, somebody that’s supposed to push them and believe in them and they’re told no, don’t listen to them. Believe in yourself.
“Sometimes the outcome isn’t always what you desire it to be, but the true failure in life is not trying at all. I know it sounds preachy and kinda weird for a guy that just got beat up, but (expletive) it. This is the time of my life. Thank you, Cleveland.”