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Muhammad Ali
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Name Muhammad Ali
Birth name Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
Nickname The Greatest, The Champ,
The Louisville Lip
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Reach
Weight division Heavyweight
Nationality United States
Birth date January 17, 1942 (1942-01-17) (age 68)
Birth place Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 61
Wins 56
Wins by KO 37
Losses 5
Draws 0
No contests 0
Medal record
Men's boxing
Competitor for the  United States
Gold 1960 Rome Light heavyweight
.Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942) is a retired American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers of all time.^ Muhammad Ali "The Greatest" Online Store Cassis Marcelus Clay born January 17 , 1942 , 3-time heavyweight champion of the...
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^ Muhammad Ali 5 Ali was and still is the greatest.
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^ Muhammad Ali 5 Muhmmand Ali, was most deffinetly the greatest boxer OF HIS TIME!!!
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.As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.^ And for the USA won the medal of Gold.
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^ The Olympic Gold Medal hangs from his neck.

^ His boxing skills won him the gold medal in the 1960 Olympics at age 18.
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.After turning professional, he went on to become the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times.^ Muhammad Ali first won the world heavyweight championship title in 1964 but was stripped of it three years later after he refused induction into the army.
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^ SEPARATE CAPTION: 15 bouts later, for the first and only time in history, one man captures the heavyweight title for an unbelievable third time.

^ It was the first time ever two undefeated heavy weight champions went toe-to-toe, with Frazier winning a 15 round decision.
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.Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Sunni Islam in 1975. In 1967, Ali refused to be inducted into the U.S. military based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War.^ ALI: On the basis of my religious beliefs, as a minister of the religion of Islam, I refuse!

^ Ali refused induction on the grounds of religious beliefs.
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^ CLAY: "Cassius Clay" is a slave name.

.He was arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges, stripped of his boxing title, and his boxing license was suspended.^ He was stripped of his title and his boxing license was revoked.
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^ In 1967, Ali refused induction into the U.S. Armed Forces and was subsequently arrested, tried and found guilty of draft evasion.
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^ John Legend recreates Muhammad Ali 's speech before being stripped of his heavyweight title and getting jailed for resisting the draft during the Vietnam War.
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.He was not imprisoned, but did not fight again for nearly four years while his appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was successful.^ Ali did not fight again for 2 years.
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^ He lost that night in the Garden, but months later he won his biggest fight, the Supreme Court reversed his conviction and upheld his conscientious objector claim.
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^ In the late 1960s, Miami boxing promoter Murry Woroner had a successful radio series of fantasy fights between champs of years past.
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.Nicknamed "The Greatest", Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches.^ Muhammad Ali, one half of the greatest rivalry in boxing’s rich history, the other half of course, being “Smoking” Joe Frazier.
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^ His memories of boxing legends Muhammad Ali , George Foreman, Sonny Liston and more are available in his new book, ' Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight...
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^ This, he said, “really inspired me to get involved with boxing.” [28] Gary Younge, the Afro-British writer also found inspiration in Ali’s exemplary achievements.
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.Notable among these are three with rival Joe Frazier and one with George Foreman, whom he beat by knockout to win the world heavyweight title for the second time.^ CAPTION: Joe Frazier is KO'd by George Foreman in 1973 and the title changes hands.

^ Muhammad Ali, three time Heavyweight Champion of the world, defeating Sonny Liston, George Foreman and Leon Spinks to win the heavyweight titles.
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^ Foreman would shock the world himself when he won the championship from Michael Moorer on November 5, 1994, twenty one years after losing his title to Ali.
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.He suffered only five losses (four decisions and one TKO by retirement from the bout) with no draws in his career, while amassing 56 wins (37 knockouts and 19 decisions).^ He ducked no one in his career.
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^ In his professional career he won 56 of 61 fights, with 37 knockouts.
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^ He had one more tune-up fight with Rudi Lubbers, winning a 12 round decision, before fighting Joe Frazier for the second time.
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[1] .Ali was well known for his unorthodox fighting style, which he described as "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee", and employing techniques such as the rope-a-dope.^ Floats Like a Butterfly and stings like a Bee!
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^ I also enjoyed his sayings:"Float like a butterfly;sting like a bee""Go to college;get the knowledge."
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^ Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.
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[2] .He was also known for his pre-match hype, where he would "trash talk" opponents on television and in person some time before the match, often with rhymes.^ Each time after I came back and reported in, he would send me off to talk to another pretty girl, perhaps the one in the blue dress.

These personality quips, idioms along with an unorthodox fighting technique made him a cultural icon. .In later life, Ali developed Parkinson's disease.^ Ali, 63, who has Parkinson's disease and moves slowly, looked the president in the eye—and, finger to head, did the "crazy" twirl for a couple of seconds.
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^ Despite the U.S. ban on travel to Cuba, Ali the humanitarian, teamed up with the Foundation for Education and Disarmament in 1996 to visit the country with aid for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease.
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^ Ernie Shavers, once a serious contender for the heavyweight title and later a preacher, testifies also to Ali’s significant influence on his life.
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.In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC.^ Reflecting on Ali’s life in 1989, Gary Smith of Sports Illustrated expressed this perception well.
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^ When Muhammad Ali was chosen as the Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated, as well as a number of other organizations in December of 1999, Richard Williams and Michael Rowbottom writing for the Independent (a British newspaper) felt compelled to comment.
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^ Richard Hoffer, “A Lot More Than Lip Service,” Sports Illustrated, November 29, 1999, 87.
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Biography

Amateur Career and Olympic Gold

Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky.[4] The elder of two boys, he was named after his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr., who was named for the 19th century abolitionist and politician of the same name. His father painted billboards and signs,[4] and his mother, Odessa Grady Clay, was a household domestic. Although Cassius Sr. was a .Methodist, he allowed Odessa to bring up both Cassius and his younger brother Rudolph "Rudy" Clay (later renamed Rahman Ali) as Baptists.^ In particular, we find the symbolism of his giving up his slave name, Cassius Clay, to be a powerful example of how the chains of slavery can be shaken off by the will of the people.
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^ PAGE 14 PANEL 1 3 SHOTS ACROSS PAGE - THE FIGHT - SHOT 1: Cassius stumbles back from Clay's punches; SHOT 2: Cooper staggers while Clay mugs cocky to the crowd, arms up.

^ Later, Ali brought up another subject.

[5] .He is a descendant of pre-Civil War era American slaves in the American South,[6] and is predominantly of African-American descent with English and Irish ancestry.^ The relationship between African Americans and Americans of Italian ancestry has seldom been amicable.
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[7]
.Clay was first directed toward boxing by the white Louisville police officer and boxing coach Joe E. Martin,[8] who encountered the 12-year-old fuming over the theft of his bicycle.^ Clay (Ali's) first step towards greatness.
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^ Cassius gagged TX 12.6.1963 ENGLAND: London: White City: INT High angle views of Clay sparring in boxing ring Clay 'gagged' with boxing tape across his mouth trying to speak SOT .
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^ PAGE 1 PANEL 1 WIDE SHOT - LOUISVILLE - MORNING - An 18-year-old CASSIUS CLAY jogs through the streets, bellowing at the top of his lungs.

[9] .However, without Martin's knowledge, Clay also began training with Fred Stoner, an African-American trainer working at the local community center.^ Knowledgeable African Americans predicted dire consequences for Clay, now Ali.
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^ Most OPHR calls centered on Blacks reclaiming their manhood, as if African American women weren’t victims of racism or couldn’t be a strong voice against it.
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^ In contrast, his penchant for bragging may not have damaged (and may, in fact, have helped) his image in the African American community.

[10] .In this way, Clay could make $4 a week on Tomorrow's Champions, a local, weekly TV show that Martin hosted, while benefiting from the coaching of the more experienced Stoner, who continued working with Clay throughout his amateur career.^ Shakira gets a piece in the “Economist” and it make be barf a bit that celebs get preference over people who might actually have more substantial insight.
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^ Joe Frazier seemed in many ways to be a clone of Joe Louis, the former African American boxing champion (1937-1949), a man who throughout his professional career offered no strong political opinions, was a staunch family man, a very hard worker, and the epitome of the blue-collar work force.
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^ I knew that Muhammad might be laying it on thick for my benefit, trying to make me feel more important than I really was.

.Under Stoner's guidance, Cassius Clay won six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two national Golden Gloves titles, an Amateur Athletic Union National Title, and the Light Heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.^ The Olympic Gold Medal hangs from his neck.

^ CAPTION ALONG BOTTOM: With 108 amateur bouts, six Kentucky Golden Gloves championships, two National Golden Gloves tournaments, and two National AAU titles behind him, Cassius Clay defeats European champion Zbigniew Pietrzykowski to seize the Olympian Light-Heavyweight Gold.

^ That is why in the Cold War years it became an American obsession to count the medals won in the Olympics, especially in the contests with the Soviets.

[11] Clay's amateur record was 100 wins with five losses.
.Ali states (in his 1975 autobiography) that he threw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio River after being refused service at a 'whites-only' restaurant, and fighting with a white gang.^ The Olympic Gold Medal hangs from his neck.

^ Spinks, a member of the 1976 Olympic team and a gold medal winner had only seven fights prior to his challenging Ali, none of them against quality opponents, yet, due to circumstances and Ali’s declining physical condition, Spinks won this fight.
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^ Ali was still "ring rusty" - this fight was only Ali's third after a three year lay-off.
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[12] .Whether this is true is still debated, although he was given a replacement medal at a basketball intermission during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he lit the torch to start the games.^ Perhaps it was the aura of this mythical figure that former U.S. President Bill Clinton experienced when he witnessed Ali lighting the flame at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
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Early professional career

.After his Olympic triumph, Clay returned to Louisville to begin his professional career.^ WILLIAM: I've organized some local investors called the Louisville Sponsoring Group to fund your son's professional career.

.There, on October 29, 1960, he won his first professional fight, a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker, who was the police chief of Fayetteville, West Virginia.^ "Who refereed the first Liston fight?"

^ Tunney Hunsacker was Ali’s first professional opponent in 1960.
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^ "You had won the first six, but Norton was really coming on in the seventh.

Standing tall, at 6-ft, 3-in (1.91 m), Clay had a highly unorthodox style for a heavyweight boxer. .Rather than the normal style of carrying the hands high to defend the face, he instead relied on foot speed and quickness to avoid punches and carried his hands low.^ After the long layoff, he had to rely on wit and raw determination more than his speed and footwork, which took a tremendous hit with such a layoff.
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^ The guy fought with his hands down, brought his feet together, pulled back from a hook and rarely slipped a punch, preferring to throw his head back to avoid them.
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^ It was virtually impossible to land a solid punch on Ali when he entered the sport, and his hand speed was unrivaled.
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From 1960 to 1963, the young fighter amassed a record of 19–0, with 15 knockouts. .He defeated boxers such as Tony Esperti, Jim Robinson, Donnie Fleeman, Alonzo Johnson, George Logan, Willi Besmanoff, Lamar Clark (who had won his previous 40 bouts by knockout), Doug Jones and Henry Cooper.^ CAPTION: Three months after the Jones fight Clay and company are in London to take on British heavyweight champion, Henry Cooper.

^ Muhammad Ali 5 There will never be a boxer born with such supreme qualities who can perform in and out of the boxing ring.
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.Clay built a reputation by correctly predicting the round in which he would "finish" several opponents, and by boasting before his triumphs.^ This is to emulate my hero's prediction as to which round he would "Shock the World" later on that night.

^ Because of his age, I thought Patterson would be finished after two rounds.
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^ BUS. 1: Clay predicts the round he's gonna knock out his opponent -- and makes good on it!

[4] .Clay admitted he adopted the latter practice from "Gorgeous" George Wagner, a popular professional wrestling champion in the Los Angeles area who drew thousands of fans.^ These are photos of Brad and Angelina attending the UNICEF ball last night in Los Angeles, which was honoring Jerry Weintraub, who produced the Oceans films.
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^ In my neighborhood growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area , I was considered a bit contrary when it came to sports; I not only rooted for the hated and despised Los Angeles Dodgers, but I was Muhammad Ali’s only fan, as well.

[4] .Often referred to as "the man you loved to hate," George could incite the crowd with a few heated remarks, and Ali followed suit.^ I think it is safe to say that when he refused military induction in 1967, Ali was the most hated man in America.

^ The crowd, being all for you was completely silent and the only sound I could hear was the thud of his punches landing on your head and arms.

^ Ali then motioned in the direction of my buddy Herbie and said to me, "it’s all right if you bring a few friends, but don’t bring the whole neighborhood, okay?"

.Among Clay's victims were Sonny Banks (who knocked him down during the bout), Alejandro Lavorante, and the aged Archie Moore (a boxing legend who had fought over 200 previous fights, and who had been Clay's trainer prior to Angelo Dundee).^ If the truth be known, Ali never learned to box correctly, or as his long time trainer Angelo Dundee once said “Ali does everything wrong, he just does it better than anyone else”.
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^ Ali had a much stiffer test the following year in a tough fight with Henry Cooper, when Coop knocked him down in the fourth round before he was stopped on cuts in the next round.
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^ His memories of boxing legends Muhammad Ali , George Foreman, Sonny Liston and more are available in his new book, ' Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight...
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.Clay had considered continuing using Moore as a trainer following the bout, but Moore had insisted that the cocky "Louisville Lip" perform training camp chores such as sweeping and dishwashing.^ While this would be considered extremely unusual behavior from any other public figure, instances such as this continue to define Ali’s legacy.
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.He also considered having his idol, Sugar Ray Robinson, as a manager, but instead hired Dundee.^ Sugar Ray Robinson, best pound for pound ever.
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^ The LSG, as it became known, put young Cassius with veteran trainer, Angelo Dundee, after failed attempts with the Mongoose, Archie Moore, and a turn down by Ali's boxing idol, Sugar Ray Robinson.
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^ WILLIAM: Sugar Ray Robinson turned you down, Cassius.

.Clay first met Dundee when the latter was in Louisville with light heavyweight champ Willie Pastrano.^ MOORE: I'm Archie Moore, the light heavyweight champ.

^ CLAY: You remember I whuped Willie Pastrano sparring last year when you and him was in Louisville?

The teenaged Golden Gloves winner traveled downtown to the fighter's hotel, called Dundee from the house phone, and was asked up to their room. .He took advantage of the opportunity to query Dundee (who was working with, or had, champions Sugar Ramos and Carmen Basilio) about what his fighters ate, how long they slept, how much roadwork (jogging) they did, and how long they sparred.^ But what did bother me, however, was the frequent and always uninvited counsel of adults who claimed they were only looking out for my best interests.

^ This woman and her camp think they can play the world like a fiddle, lets see how long she can keep her ‘am fooling every one’ game going.
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^ So to give me something else to think about besides how much I hurt, I kept repeating to myself, "I am the champion of the world and no man can take my crown!"

.Following his bout with Moore, Clay won a disputed 10-round decision over Doug Jones in a matchup that was named "Fight of the Year" for 1963. Clay's next fight was against Henry Cooper, who knocked Clay down with a left hook near the end of the fourth round.^ Ali had a much stiffer test the following year in a tough fight with Henry Cooper, when Coop knocked him down in the fourth round before he was stopped on cuts in the next round.
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^ CAPTION: The 10-round decision goes to Clay -- just barely.

^ Won Knock Out in 4 rounds .
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.The fight was stopped in the fifth due to deep cuts over Cooper's eyes.^ Ali had a much stiffer test the following year in a tough fight with Henry Cooper, when Coop knocked him down in the fourth round before he was stopped on cuts in the next round.
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^ They would fight again a few yews later, this time Ali would stop him in the sixth round, again on cuts.
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.Despite these close calls, Clay became the top contender for Sonny Liston's title.^ Despite the 7-1 odds, Clay upset Sonny Liston in Miami and became heavyweight champion of the world in 1964.
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^ CAPTION: With contracts signed to finally battle Sonny Liston for the title in February '64, Clay's involvement with the growing Black Muslim movement becomes increasingly apparent.

^ CAPTION: In the midst of it all, despite repeated threats to his life, Muhammad Ali confronts mighty Sonny Liston for the championship title rematch.

Despite his impressive record, however, he was not widely expected to defeat the champ. .The fight was scheduled for February 25, 1964 in Miami, Florida, but was nearly canceled when the promoter, Bill Faversham, heard that Clay had been seen around Miami and in other cities with the controversial Malcolm X.^ The promoter's going to call of the fight unless you get out of Florida immediately.

^ The young Clay then started actively looking for political answers and began finding them when he heard Malcolm X speak at a meeting of the Nation of Islam (NOI).
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^ It should be remembered that 1964, when Cassius Clay renamed himself Muhammad Ali, was a time when the Black Muslims were seen as a distinct threat to the safety of the United States by many ordinary citizens as well as by the F.B.I. and other segments of the United States government.

.At the time, The Nation of Islam—of which Malcolm X was a member—was labeled as a hate group by most of the media.^ The next day, Clay announced to the world that he was a member of the Nation of Islam and that his name was Cassius X. The X reflecting the unknown name that was taken from him by the slave owners centuries before.
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^ The young Clay then started actively looking for political answers and began finding them when he heard Malcolm X speak at a meeting of the Nation of Islam (NOI).
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^ Malcolm brought Cassius into the Nation of Islam.
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.December 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] Because of this, news of this association was perceived as a potential gate-killer to a bout where, given Liston's overwhelming status as the favorite to win (7–1 odds[13]), had Clay's colorful persona and nonstop braggadocio as its sole appeal.^ Despite the 7-1 odds, Clay upset Sonny Liston in Miami and became heavyweight champion of the world in 1964.
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^ December 23rd, 2009 at 4:13 pm lol lol lol Report this comment as spam or abuse .
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^ Because of the unexpected ending of the 1st bout, Boxing authorities ordered a 2nd bout, this time with Muhammad Ali as the defending world champion and Liston as challenger.
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.Faversham confronted Clay about his association with Malcolm X (who, at the time, was actually under suspension by the Nation as a result of controversial comments made in the wake of President Kennedy's assassination).^ In another context, just as important, Clay’s change of name and announced membership in the Nation of Islam, though controversial at the time, are both now perceived as a traditional American decision.

^ Anyone who listens to this stupid effing actress about foreign/political affairs is a MORON. Report this comment as spam or abuse .
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While stopping short of admitting he was a member of the Nation, Clay protested the suggested cancellation of the fight. As a compromise, Faversham asked the fighter to delay his announcement about his conversion to Islam until after the fight. .The incident is described in the 1975 book The Greatest: My Own Story by Ali (with Richard Durham).^ His memories of boxing legends Muhammad Ali , George Foreman, Sonny Liston and more are available in his new book, ' Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight...
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^ Robert Lipsyte’s story of an occasion when Ali spoke at a Miami junior high school in 1975 illuminates Ali’s concern for the welfare of children.
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^ Muhammad Ali ?s Greatest Fight: Cassius Clay versus the United States of America by Howard Bingham This is one of my favourites,...
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.During the weigh-in on the day before the bout, the ever-boastful Clay, who frequently taunted Liston during the buildup by dubbing him "the big ugly bear" (among other things), declared that he would "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee," and, summarizing his strategy for avoiding Liston's assaults, said, "Your hands can't hit what your eyes can't see."^ Floats Like a Butterfly and stings like a Bee!
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^ Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.
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^ CLAY: You big ugly bear!

First title fight and aftermath

.At the pre-fight weigh-in, Clay's pulse rate was around 120, more than double his norm of 54.[14] Liston, among others, misread this as nervousness.^ Nat Fleischer, publisher of Ring Magazine, finally told Walcott that Liston had spent more than the requisite 10 seconds on the canvas, and Walcott stopped the fight - awarding Ali a first-round knockout.
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^ Malcolm stayed with Clay as he trained for his fight against the "Big Ugly Bear," the champion Sonny Liston.
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^ PAGE 14 PANEL 1 3 SHOTS ACROSS PAGE - THE FIGHT - SHOT 1: Cassius stumbles back from Clay's punches; SHOT 2: Cooper staggers while Clay mugs cocky to the crowd, arms up.

.In the opening rounds, Clay's speed kept him away from Liston's powerful head and body shots, as he used his height advantage to beat Liston to the punch with his own lightning-quick jab.^ The fight began with Clay showing good movement, using fast and effective jabs and quick flurries of combinations, making it difficult for Liston to score with his slower, heavier punches.
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^ Throw a few quick punches, to finish the round.
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^ But Ali overcame that obstacle to win the fight, and then beat Liston a second time in just a few rounds.
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[14]
.By the third round, Clay was ahead on points and had opened a cut under Liston's eye.^ Angelo Dundee rinsed Clay's eyes with a sponge and pushed him off his stool to begin the fifth round, telling him to stay away from Liston.
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^ In the 3rd round, Clay opened up his attack and hit Liston with several combinations that caused a bruise under Liston's right eye and a cut under his left.
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[14] .Liston regained some ground in the fourth, as Clay was blinded by a substance in his eyes.^ Angelo Dundee rinsed Clay's eyes with a sponge and pushed him off his stool to begin the fifth round, telling him to stay away from Liston.
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^ In the 3rd round, Clay opened up his attack and hit Liston with several combinations that caused a bruise under Liston's right eye and a cut under his left.
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[14] .It is unconfirmed whether this was something used to close Liston's cuts, or deliberately applied to Liston's gloves;[14] however, Bert Sugar (author, boxing historian and insider) has recalled at least two other Liston fights in which a similar situation occurred, suggesting the possibility that the Liston corner deliberately attempted to cheat.^ Muhammad Ali Ali met The Beatles prior to his first fight with Sonny Liston, and posed for photos with them in a boxing ring.
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^ It has been theorized that a substance used to stop Liston's cuts from bleeding may have inadvertently caused the irritation, but this has never been confirmed.
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^ CLAY: This is my DESTINY! NOTE: Over next two panels reads: "THE FIGHT." PANEL 2 CLAY - sits in his corner, scared.

.Liston began the fourth round looking to put away the challenger.^ Angelo Dundee rinsed Clay's eyes with a sponge and pushed him off his stool to begin the fifth round, telling him to stay away from Liston.
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As Clay struggled to recover his vision, he sought to escape Liston's offensive. .He was able to keep out of range until his sweat and tears rinsed the substance from his eyes, responding with a flurry of combinations near the end of the fifth round.^ CAPTION: By the end of the fifth round Cassius' eyes clear out.

^ It was not until the bell rang ending the fifth that the light bulb went off and I could see the wisdom behind Ali’s madness.

^ Angelo Dundee rinsed Clay's eyes with a sponge and pushed him off his stool to begin the fifth round, telling him to stay away from Liston.
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By the sixth, he was looking for a finish and dominated Liston. .Then, Liston shocked the boxing world when he failed to answer the bell for the seventh round, later claiming a shoulder injury as the reason.^ As it turned out, Liston didn't last that long as he failed to answer the bell for the seventh.

^ On his stool following the sixth round, Liston told his cornermen that he couldn't continue, complaining of a shoulder injury.
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^ He failed to answer the bell for the 7th round and Clay was declared the winner by technical knockout.
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.At the end of the fight, Clay boasted to the press that doubted him before the match, proclaiming, "I shook up the world!"^ José Laurino, Cassius Clay: Before Racism (Bogotá, Columbia: Morato Press, 1969), 99-100.
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^ But when he "shook-up the world" by whupping the seemingly invincible Sonny Liston and changing his name; public sentiment towards him - which had always been bad- turned down-right ugly.

^ In a scene that has been broadcast countless times over the ensuing four decades, Clay yelled "I'm the greatest" and "I shook up the world!"
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.When Clay beat Liston, he was the youngest boxer (age 22) ever to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion, a mark that stood until the mid 1980s.^ Muhammad Ali "The Greatest" Online Store Cassis Marcelus Clay born January 17 , 1942 , 3-time heavyweight champion of the...
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^ Despite the 7-1 odds, Clay upset Sonny Liston in Miami and became heavyweight champion of the world in 1964.
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^ That’s why a boxer always keep coming back, like Muhammad Ali , until he just kept getting his ass beat.
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.At the time, Floyd Patterson (dethroned by Liston) had been the youngest heavyweight champ ever (age 21), but he won the title during an elimination tournament following Rocky Marciano's retirement by defeating Archie Moore, the light-heavyweight champion at the time.^ MOORE: I'm Archie Moore, the light heavyweight champ.

^ Muhammad Ali "The Greatest" Online Store Cassis Marcelus Clay born January 17 , 1942 , 3-time heavyweight champion of the...
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^ Ali fought and won many times but could not get a shot at the title.

In the rematch with Liston, which was held in May 1965 in Lewiston, Maine, Ali (who had by then publicly converted to Islam and changed his name) won by knockout in the first round as a result of what came to be called the "phantom punch." Many believe that Liston, possibly as a result of threats from Nation of Islam extremists, or in an attempt to "throw" the fight to pay off debts, waited to be counted out (see Muhammad Ali versus Sonny Liston). .Others, however, discount both scenarios and insist that it was a quick, chopping Ali punch to the side of the head that legitimately felled Liston.^ PANEL 2 INT. BEDROOM - Ali slumped on bed, head in one hand, a copy of Ring magazine in the other.

^ Ali hit Liston with an Anchor punch (some referred to it as a "phantom" punch).
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^ "Barry," Ali said, shaking his head slowly from side to side "I don’t believe it!

Early title defenses

.On November 22, 1965, Ali fought Floyd Patterson in his second title defense.^ Muhammad Ali vs Floyd Patterson II  .
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^ Ali fought and won many times but could not get a shot at the title.

^ Muhammad Ali (New York Times, 24 November 1965) Muhammad Ali vs. Floyd Patterson .
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.Patterson lost by technical knockout at the end of the 12th round.^ He failed to answer the bell for the 7th round and Clay was declared the winner by technical knockout.
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.As would later occur with Ernie Terrell, many sportswriters accused Ali of "carrying" Patterson so that he could physically punish him without knocking him out.^ I didn't knock him out or TKO him.
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^ If I knock him out slow, I'm a brute.
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^ Muhammad Ali's willingness to speak out against racism in the United States, and the affect it had on domestic and foreign policy, earned him many supporters and detractors.
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.Ali countered that Patterson, who said his punching prowess was limited when he strained his sacroiliac, was not as easy to down as may have appeared.^ Bush, who appeared almost playful, fastened the heavy medal around Muhammad Ali's neck and whispered something in the heavyweight champion's ear.
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^ Then out of nowhere a burly man that I recognized as Ali’s bodyguard, Pat Patterson, appeared.

^ Ali, who was then escorted back to his chair, made the twirl again while sitting down.
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.Ali was scheduled to fight WBA champion Ernie Terrell (the WBA stripped Ali of his title after his agreement to fight a rematch with Liston) on 29 March 1966, but Terrell backed out.^ ALI: I want my title back!

^ FIGHT 4 - Ali vs. BRIAN LONDON. CAPTION: Brian London: knocked out.

^ FIGHT 8 - Ali vs. ZORA FOLLEY CAPTION: Zora Folley: Knock out.

.Ali won a 15-round decision against substitute opponent George Chuvalo.^ FIGHT 2 - Ali vs. GEORGE CHUVALO. CAPTION: Unanimous decision against George Chuvalo.

^ Won Unanimous Decision 15 .
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^ Former middleweight champion, Nino Benvenuti Ali - Frazier1 Rounds 14-15 .
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.He then went to England and defeated Henry Cooper by stoppage on cuts May 21, and knocked out Brian London in the third round in August.^ Won Knock Out in 4 rounds .
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^ FIGHT 4 - Ali vs. BRIAN LONDON. CAPTION: Brian London: knocked out.

^ What round did I knock out Cleveland Williams?"

.Ali's next defense was against German southpaw Karl Mildenberger, the first German to fight for the title since Max Schmeling.^ Muhammad Ali Ali met The Beatles prior to his first fight with Sonny Liston, and posed for photos with them in a boxing ring.
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^ So on September 10, 1973; Ali took his first step towards redemption with a rematch against Ken Norton.

^ Unlike the first time Ali won the title, this time it seemed the entire world was delirious with joy.

In one of the tougher fights of his life, Ali stopped his opponent in round 12.
.Ali returned to the United States in November 1966 to fight Cleveland "Big Cat" Williams in the Houston Astrodome.^ I've picked this clip wher Ali employs the shuffle while fighting Cleveland Williams Ali Shuffle .
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^ Muhammad Ali ?s Greatest Fight: Cassius Clay versus the United States of America by Howard Bingham This is one of my favourites,...
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^ Cuban president Fidel Castro met with Ali, and seized the moment to declare that Ali’s visit showed that the American people were against the United States embargo.
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.According to the Sports Illustrated account, the bout drew an indoor world record 35,460 fight fans.^ As a result of the remote location (140 miles north of Boston), only 2,434 fans were present, setting an all-time record for the lowest attendance in a world championship fight.
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^ But I was one of those kids, a son of an amateur boxer, who often watched great historical bouts on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
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^ He has been named Sports Illustrated 's "Sportsman of the Century," the BBC's "Sports Personality of the Century," the World Sports Award's "World Sportsman of the Century," and the State of Kentucky's "Kentuckian of the Century."
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A year and a half before the fight, Williams had been shot in the stomach at point-blank range by a Texas policeman. As a result, Williams went into the fight missing one kidney and 10 feet of his small intestine, and with a shriveled left leg from nerve damage from the bullet. .Ali beat Williams in three rounds.^ But Ali overcame that obstacle to win the fight, and then beat Liston a second time in just a few rounds.
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.On February 6, 1967, Ali returned to a Houston boxing ring to fight Terrell in what became one of the uglier fights in boxing.^ Amazingly, political-correctness now demanded that Ali be allowed to return to the ring, and thus he was.

^ Ali was still "ring rusty" - this fight was only Ali's third after a three year lay-off.
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^ Casablanca exhibition bout 31.7.1972 MORROCO: Casablanca: INT Muhammad Ali and Sounkalo of Mali fighting in boxing ring CUTAWAYs Crown Prince watching and spectators Sounkalo puts on robe Ali ...
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.Terrell had angered Ali by calling him Clay, and the champion vowed to punish him for this insult.^ Until he proves himself worthy of the name "Muhammad Ali," we will call him "Cassius Clay!"

^ Muhammad Ali "The Greatest" Online Store Cassis Marcelus Clay born January 17 , 1942 , 3-time heavyweight champion of the...
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^ I said to him after the second day, I said “Cassius,”—by then he wanted to be called Ali but I still slipped from time to time—I said, “this is a hell of a story.
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.During the fight, Ali kept shouting at his opponent, "What's my name, Uncle Tom ...^ One of them was Ferdie Pacheco, known as boxing’s “fight doctor.” He was in a position to observe Ali’s effect on the populations surrounding him, and on the communities that he visited during his boxing career.
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^ Muhammad Ali ?s Greatest Fight: Cassius Clay versus the United States of America by Howard Bingham This is one of my favourites,...
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^ I fondly recall watching those Muhammad Ali fights with my dad.
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What's my name?" .Terrell suffered 15 rounds of brutal punishment, losing 13 rounds on two judges' scorecards, but Ali did not knock him out.^ I didn't knock him out or TKO him.
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^ What round did I knock out Cleveland Williams?"

^ If I knock him out slow, I'm a brute.
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.Analysts, including several who spoke to ESPN on the sports channel's "Ali Rap" special, speculated that the fight continued only because Ali wanted to thoroughly punish and humiliate Terrell.^ So I don’t want to be remembered as the man who broke Ali’s jaw.
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^ Ali was still "ring rusty" - this fight was only Ali's third after a three year lay-off.
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^ Because people wanted to see Ali train, Elbaum charged $5 per person, taking in about $2000 per day, which he split 50/50 with Ali.
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After the fight, Tex Maule wrote, "It was a wonderful demonstration of boxing skill and a barbarous display of cruelty." When asked about this during a replay of the fight on ABC's popular "Wide World of Sports" by host Howard Cosell, Ali said he was not unduly cruel to Terrell- that boxers are paid to punch all their opponents into submission or defeat. .He pointed out that if he had not hit and hurt Terrell, Terrell would have hit and hurt him, which is standard practice.^ In my more optimistic moments I sometimes saw Ali winning on points, but I never saw him knocking Foreman out.

^ "I read in a magazine that you dissuaded him from taking up boxing by showing him how easily you could hit him and how impossible it would be for him to hit you back."

^ Man, I hit him with punches that would have brought down the walls of a city.
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Cosell's repeated reference to the topic surprised Ali. .Following his final defense against Zora Folley in March 1967 Ali would be stripped of his title the following month for refusing to be drafted into the Army[4] and had his professional boxing license suspended.^ Ali’s Army was on the march.

^ I think it is safe to say that when he refused military induction in 1967, Ali was the most hated man in America.

^ Ancestry of Muhammad Ali Ancestry of Muhammad Ali compiled by William Addams Reitwiesner The following material on the immediate ancestry of Muhammad Ali should not be considered either exhaustive or authoritative, but rather as a first draft.
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Religion

Ali at an address by Elijah Muhammad
.After winning the championship from Liston in 1964, Clay revealed that he was a member of the Nation of Islam (often called the Black Muslims at the time) and the Nation gave Clay the name Cassius X, discarding his surname as a symbol of his ancestors' enslavement, as had been done by other Nation members.^ CLAY: "Cassius Clay" is a slave name.

^ CLAY: Ain't Cassius Clay a beautiful name?

^ CLAY: (thought balloon) "Cassius Marcelus Clay" was a Kentucky white man who owned my great-grandaddy and named my great- grandaddy after him.

.On Friday, March 6, 1964, Malcolm X took Clay on a guided tour of the United Nations building (for a second time).^ Their 1st fight was held February 25, 1964, in Miami Beach, Florida, where Clay was based at the time (his trainer, Angelo Dundee, had a gym nearby).
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^ He later spent eleven years in the United States National Football League, during which time he played in nine Pro Bowl games.
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.Malcolm X announced that Clay would be granted his "X." That same night, Elijah Muhammad recorded a statement over the phone to be played over the radio that Clay would be renamed Muhammad (one who is worthy of praise) Ali (fourth rightly guided caliph).^ Until he proves himself worthy of the name "Muhammad Ali," we will call him "Cassius Clay!"

^ No one has yet, however, attempted to show how Muhammad Ali directly and positively affected the lives of peoples and communities across the globe.
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^ SEPARATE CAPTION: At 36 years of age, Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Marcellus Clay, a man of spiritual fortitude, a man of ideals, a man of inexorable conviction, but a mere man just the same, is truly, at last...

Only a few journalists (most notably Howard Cosell) accepted it at that time. Venerable boxing announcer Don Dunphy addressed the champion by his adopted name, as did British reporters. The adoption of this name symbolized his new identity as a member of the Nation of Islam.
.Many sportswriters of the early 1960s reported that it was Ali's brother, Rudy Clay, who converted to Islam first (estimating the date as 1961).^ The first brother internationally idolized, the pride of all people, coming forth to publicly claim allegiance to the Nation of Islam?

^ Our view is corroborated by the reporter, who remarked, “there is no doubt that whatever his sport, Muhammad Ali would have transcended it.” [85] .
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^ Clay (Ali's) first step towards greatness.
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.Others wrote that Clay had been seen at Muslim rallies a few years before he fought Liston.^ Before they even entered the ring the first time, however, few – other than Ali himself – gave the underdog any chance.
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^ Other Black Muslims can be seen in B.G. entering the front.

^ From this day forward he may not speak to, visit with, or be seen with, any Muslim, or take part in any Muslim religious activity for one year!

.Ali's own version is that he would sneak into Nation of Islam meetings through the backdoor roughly three years before he fought Sonny Liston.^ The next day, Clay announced to the world that he was a member of the Nation of Islam and that his name was Cassius X. The X reflecting the unknown name that was taken from him by the slave owners centuries before.
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^ Ali was still "ring rusty" - this fight was only Ali's third after a three year lay-off.
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^ For many years Canadians would compliment him on going the distance with Ali.
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He was afraid that if others knew he wouldn't be able to fight for his title.
.Aligning himself with the Nation of Islam made him a lightning rod for controversy, turning the outspoken but popular champion into one of that era's most recognizable and controversial figures.^ The next day, Clay announced to the world that he was a member of the Nation of Islam and that his name was Cassius X. The X reflecting the unknown name that was taken from him by the slave owners centuries before.
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^ PANEL 2 NEW ANGLE - Cassius turns to address Moore as one of his punches crash into the sparring partner's face.

^ This proved to be one of the most controversial fights in history.
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.Appearing at rallies with Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad and declaring his allegiance to him at a time when mainstream America viewed them with suspicion—if not outright hostility—made Ali a target of outrage, as well as suspicion.^ The Nation of Islam already has a leader -- and you are not him!

^ In 1934 Elijah Muhammad succeeds Farad as the holy leader or "Messenger" and the Nation of Islam is steadily embraced by the impoverished black population of Northeast America's urban industrial wastelands.

^ Until he proves himself worthy of the name "Muhammad Ali," we will call him "Cassius Clay!"

.Ali seemed at times to provoke such reactions, with viewpoints that wavered from support for civil rights to outright support of separatism.^ Unlike the first time Ali won the title, this time it seemed the entire world was delirious with joy.

.For example, Ali once stated, in relation to integration: "We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don't want to be forced to integrate.^ So I don’t want to be remembered as the man who broke Ali’s jaw.
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^ Muhammad Ali's willingness to speak out against racism in the United States, and the affect it had on domestic and foreign policy, earned him many supporters and detractors.
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^ Ancestry of Muhammad Ali Ancestry of Muhammad Ali compiled by William Addams Reitwiesner The following material on the immediate ancestry of Muhammad Ali should not be considered either exhaustive or authoritative, but rather as a first draft.
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Integration is wrong. .We don't want to live with the white man; that's all."^ So I don’t want to be remembered as the man who broke Ali’s jaw.
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^ ALI: You read about dictatorships in other countries where a man don't go along with this or that and he's not allowed to earn a decent living.

^ The truth about all the evil things the white man has done to us is no less true than what Hitler did to the Jews.

[15] .And in relation to inter-racial marriage: "No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters."^ If I want to bring my Greatest Fan, no one should mind."

^ The truth about all the evil things the white man has done to us is no less true than what Hitler did to the Jews.

^ Just an auditorium of young athletes, white, black, and Hispanic, their families and girl friends, and a table of inexpensive medals and trophies.” [14] .
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[15] Indeed, Ali's religious beliefs at the time included the notion that the white man was "the devil" and that white people were not "righteous." Ali claimed that white people hated black people.
.Ali converted from the Nation of Islam sect to mainstream Sunni Islam in 1975. In a 2004 autobiography, written with daughter Hana Yasmeen Ali, Muhammad Ali attributes his conversion to the shift toward Sunni Islam made by Warith Deen Muhammad after he gained control of the Nation of Islam upon the death of Elijah Muhammad in 1975. Later in 2005 he embraced spiritual practices of Sufism.^ His early embrace of the Nation of Islam and his insistence on being called Muhammad Ali instead of his "slave name," Cassius Clay, heralded a new era in black pride.
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^ In 1934 Elijah Muhammad succeeds Farad as the holy leader or "Messenger" and the Nation of Islam is steadily embraced by the impoverished black population of Northeast America's urban industrial wastelands.

^ Clay (now called Muhammad Ali after his conversion to Islam) prepares for Cooper re-match 27.4.1966 USA: Florida: Miami: INT Muhammad Ali drinking EXT Ali exercising and jogging with pace ...
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[16]

Vietnam War

.In 1964, Ali failed the U.S. Armed Forces qualifying test because his writing and spelling skills were sub-par.^ Then in February 1964, he won the heavyweight title from the “Bear,” Sonny Liston, and in March he was found not qualified for the Armed Forces.
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^ Deemed not bright enough to enter the armed forces, the discerning person sensed that this assessment of Ali’s intelligence was wrong.
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However, in early 1966, the tests were revised and Ali was reclassified as 1A.[4] .This classification meant he was now eligible for the draft and induction into the U.S. Army during a time when the United States was involved in the Vietnam War.^ He later spent eleven years in the United States National Football League, during which time he played in nine Pro Bowl games.
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.When notified of this status, he declared that he would refuse to serve in the United States Army and publicly considered himself a conscientious objector.^ His refusal to be inducted into the United States Army anticipated the growing antiwar movement of the 1960's.
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^ Cuban president Fidel Castro met with Ali, and seized the moment to declare that Ali’s visit showed that the American people were against the United States embargo.
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^ Given the longstanding conflict between Muslims and Jews in the United States and abroad, many would assume that Muhammad Ali would not consider contributing to any Jewish causes.
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[4] .Ali stated that "War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur'an.^ He is a fool who desires that which the Holy Qur'an teaches against!

^ Muhammad Ali's willingness to speak out against racism in the United States, and the affect it had on domestic and foreign policy, earned him many supporters and detractors.
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^ During the time Muhammad Ali was unable to box he gave speeches on college campuses against the Vietnam War and racism .
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I'm not trying to dodge the draft. .We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger.^ Allah didn't put me here to start no war!

We don't take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers." .Ali also famously said in 1966: "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong ...^ ALI: You ain't no champion!

^ "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong-No, I am not going 10,000 miles to help murder kill and burn other people to simply help continue the domination of white slavemasters over dark people the world over.
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^ This refusal led to the now-famous Ali quote, "I ain't got no quarrel with them Vietcong ...
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They never called me nigger." Rare for a heavyweight boxing champion in those days, Ali spoke at Howard University, where he gave his popular "Black Is Best" speech to 4,000 cheering students and community intellectuals after he was invited to speak at Howard by a Howard sociology professor, Nathan Hare, on behalf of the Black Power Committee, a student protest group.[17][18]
.Appearing shortly thereafter for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces on April 28, 1967 in Houston, he refused three times to step forward at the call of his name.^ I think it is safe to say that when he refused military induction in 1967, Ali was the most hated man in America.

^ In 1967, as the Vietnam War was escalating, Ali was called up for induction into the Armed Services.
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^ Muhammad Ali vs Draft Board 3.5.1967 USA: Texas: Houston: EXT **flash photography** Ali out of car with bodyguard / Ali refuses to comment on his actions SOT ends INT Ali out of induction centre as ...
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.An officer warned him he was committing a felony punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Once more, Ali refused to budge when his name was called.^ Eventually he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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^ The very same people that had once despised Ali were now righteously outraged that he had been unjustly denied his constitutional right to pursue his livelihood for four long years.

^ Until he proves himself worthy of the name "Muhammad Ali," we will call him "Cassius Clay!"

.As a result, he was arrested and on the same day the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title.^ OFFCL: In light of his decision made public one hour ago, the New York State Athletic Commission is suspending the license, and withdraws recognition of Cassius Marcellus Clay, also known as Muhammad Ali, as Heavyweight Champion of the World!

^ But Ali’s decision outraged people in the United States criminal justice system, editors and reporters of white newspapers, and of course all the licensing commissions.
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^ CONRAD: Governor Reagan, the California Athletic Commission has the votes to give Ali his license.

Other boxing commissions followed suit.
.At the trial on June 20, 1967, after only 21 minutes of deliberation, the jury found Ali guilty.^ On June 20, 1971, the Court reversed Ali’s conviction, and he was now, once again, a free man.
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^ To Ali’s appreciative audiences abroad, Americans were guilty not only of religious and racial bigotry, but of a particular glaring, if not transparent, hypocrisy.
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[4] .After a Court of Appeals upheld the conviction, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court.^ He lost that night in the Garden, but months later he won his biggest fight, the Supreme Court reversed his conviction and upheld his conscientious objector claim.
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^ JUDGE: The U.S. Supreme Court overturns the criminal conviction of Mr. Muhammad Ali!

.During this time, the public began turning against the war and support for Ali began to grow.^ BOTTOM CAPTION: Though the Garden fills full, the public's penchant for Clay's braggadocio turns sour during the bout...

^ Almost overnight, public sentiment turned in Ali’s favor.

^ Most of the tributes spoke in general terms of Ali as a role model, listing his abilities as a fighter, his struggle against oppression, and his stand against the Vietnam War.
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.Ali supported himself by speaking at colleges and universities across the country, where opposition to the war was especially strong.^ Don’t shoot.’ They believe I can stop the war.” [77] This story has a strong ring of truth given Ali’s stature after 1971 and his influence on disparate cultures, particularly those in third world countries.
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^ Soon after Ali refused to join the military, he toured Black neighborhoods and university campuses, where he was welcomed by large supportive crowds.
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^ Ali’s message of freedom struck an especially strong chord with journalist Jack Todd.
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On June 28, 1971, the Supreme Court reversed his conviction for refusing induction by unanimous decision in Clay v. United States.[4] .The decision was not based on, nor addressed, the merits of Clay's/Ali's claims per se; rather, the Government's failure to specify which claims were rejected and which were sustained, constituted the grounds upon which the Court reversed the conviction.^ He lost that night in the Garden, but months later he won his biggest fight, the Supreme Court reversed his conviction and upheld his conscientious objector claim.
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^ In 1971, nearly five years after it began, Ali's legal battle finally culminated with a unanimous decision (8-0 with Thurgood Marshall abstaining) by the United States Supreme Court overturning his draft conviction.
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^ On June 20, 1971, the Court reversed Ali’s conviction, and he was now, once again, a free man.
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[19]

The Fight of the Century

.In 1970, while his case was still on appeal, Ali was allowed to fight again.^ Allowed to fight again in late 1970, he returned victorious with a three-round knockout of Jerry Quarry, a contending heavyweight.
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^ On March 8, 1971, Ali was allowed to fight for his championship again in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
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^ Changing opinions of the man were noted when in 1970 an opinion poll of American GIs fighting in Vietnam revealed that they viewed Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali as their heroes.
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.With the help of a State Senator, he was granted a license to box in Georgia because it was the only state in America without a boxing commission.^ ALI: No state will grant me a license.

^ In a very apt phrase, he stated that not only had Ali defeated his boxing opponents, but those also who did not share his stand on peace and tolerance.
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^ But Ali’s decision outraged people in the United States criminal justice system, editors and reporters of white newspapers, and of course all the licensing commissions.
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.In October 1970, he stopped Jerry Quarry on a cut after three rounds.^ Ali’s triumphant return took place on October 26, 1970 against the number one contender, Jerry Quarry.

.Shortly after the Quarry fight, the New York State Supreme Court ruled that Ali had been unjustly denied a boxing license.^ My mind flashes back to a hotel room in New York City before the first Frazier fight.
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^ The very same people that had once despised Ali were now righteously outraged that he had been unjustly denied his constitutional right to pursue his livelihood for four long years.

^ Muhammad Ali Ali met The Beatles prior to his first fight with Sonny Liston, and posed for photos with them in a boxing ring.
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.Once again able to fight in New York, he fought Oscar Bonavena at Madison Square Garden in December 1970. After a tough 14 rounds, Ali stopped Bonavena in the 15th, paving the way for a title fight against Joe Frazier, who was himself undefeated.^ Ali fought his fights all over the world.
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^ On March 8, 1971, Ali was allowed to fight for his championship again in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
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^ Joe Frazier post fight.
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.Ali and Frazier met in the ring on March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden.^ CAPTION: Madison Square Garden: March 8, 1971.

^ On March 8, 1971, Ali was allowed to fight for his championship again in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
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^ Muhammad Ali Ali met The Beatles prior to his first fight with Sonny Liston, and posed for photos with them in a boxing ring.
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.The fight, known as '"The Fight of the Century," was one of the most eagerly anticipated bouts of all time and remains one of the most famous.^ SEPARATE CAPTION: 15 bouts later, for the first and only time in history, one man captures the heavyweight title for an unbelievable third time.

^ This proved to be one of the most controversial fights in history.
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^ One of them was Ferdie Pacheco, known as boxing’s “fight doctor.” He was in a position to observe Ali’s effect on the populations surrounding him, and on the communities that he visited during his boxing career.
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It featured two skilled, undefeated fighters, both of whom had legitimate claims to the heavyweight crown. .Frank Sinatra—unable to acquire a ringside seat—took photos of the match for Life magazine.^ PANEL 1-A RINGSIDE - FRANK SINATRA - takes pictures of the fight.

^ FRANK: I'm taking pictures of the fight for Life magazine, bozo!

^ PAGE 6 PANEL 1 "LIFE" MAGAZINE PHOTO-SPREAD - of Clay standing up to his neck in a swimming pool, punching under the surface.

.Legendary boxing announcer Don Dunphy and actor and boxing aficionado Burt Lancaster called the action for the broadcast, which reached millions of people.^ There's a hundred press people in there, and the Boxing Commission's threatening a fine if you don't treat it seriously.

.The fight lived up to the hype, and Frazier punctuated his victory by flooring Ali with a hard, leaping left hook in the 15th and final round.^ People on the left hoped that Ali would win, while those on the right rooted for Frazier.
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^ Ali won all except one, against Joe Frazier, and even then it was a loss that many considered a moral victory.
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.Frazier retained the title on a unanimous decision, dealing Ali his first professional loss.^ In January of 74, Ali finally got his chance to avenge his loss to Joe Frazier.

^ Ali won all except one, against Joe Frazier, and even then it was a loss that many considered a moral victory.
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^ Unlike the first time Ali won the title, this time it seemed the entire world was delirious with joy.

.In 1973, Ali fought Ken Norton, who broke Ali's jaw and won by split decision in 12 rounds.^ So I don’t want to be remembered as the man who broke Ali’s jaw.
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^ Several years after his losses to Ali, Ken Norton suffered a serious automobile accident and had to be hospitalized, and doctors thought he might never walk again.
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^ I just want to be remembered as a man who fought three close competitive fights with Ali, and became his friend when the fighting was over.
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.Ali won the rematch, also by split decision, on September 10, 1973, which set up Ali-Frazier II, a nontitle rematch with Joe Frazier, who had already lost his title to George Foreman.^ CAPTION: Joe Frazier is KO'd by George Foreman in 1973 and the title changes hands.

^ Ali and Foreman in Zaire (Rumble in the Jungle) 25.9.1974 ZAIRE: Kinshasa: EXT Muhammad Ali sitting in crowd George Foreman underneath umbrella Crowd Foreman up to podium to join Ali President Mobutu raising arms of fighters Crowd Ali and Foreman walking round .
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^ In January of 74, Ali finally got his chance to avenge his loss to Joe Frazier.

.The bout was held on January 28, 1974, with Ali winning a unanimous 12-round decision.^ He wins a 10-round decision.

^ He made the most of it, winning a decisive 12 round decision.

^ FIGHT 2 - Ali vs. GEORGE CHUVALO. CAPTION: Unanimous decision against George Chuvalo.

The Rumble in the Jungle

.In one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, Ali regained his title on October 30, 1974 by defeating champion George Foreman in their bout in Kinshasa, Zaire.^ Ali and Foreman in Zaire (Rumble in the Jungle) 25.9.1974 ZAIRE: Kinshasa: EXT Muhammad Ali sitting in crowd George Foreman underneath umbrella Crowd Foreman up to podium to join Ali President Mobutu raising arms of fighters Crowd Ali and Foreman walking round .
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^ This 60-minute DVD doesn’t get anywhere close to Ali’s latter day bouts with the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman.
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^ Ever since I kicked Foreman’s behind and regained my title, it seems as if everyone is claiming to be my Greatest Fan.

Hyped as "The Rumble In The Jungle," the fight was promoted by Don King.
.Almost no one, not even Ali's long-time supporter Howard Cosell, gave the former champion a chance of winning.^ ALI: You ain't no champion!

^ There is no one else even close.
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^ No one has yet, however, attempted to show how Muhammad Ali directly and positively affected the lives of peoples and communities across the globe.
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.Analysts pointed out that Joe Frazier and Ken Norton had given Ali four tough battles in the ring and won two of them, while Foreman had knocked out both of them in the second round.^ Among his victims were both Joe Frazier and Ken Norton.

^ FIGHT 4 - Ali vs. BRIAN LONDON. CAPTION: Brian London: knocked out.

^ FIGHT 8 - Ali vs. ZORA FOLLEY CAPTION: Zora Folley: Knock out.

.As a matter of fact, so total was the domination that, in their bout, Foreman had knocked down Frazier an incredible six times in only four minutes and 25 seconds.^ This 60-minute DVD doesn’t get anywhere close to Ali’s latter day bouts with the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman.
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^ SEPARATE CAPTION: 15 bouts later, for the first and only time in history, one man captures the heavyweight title for an unbelievable third time.

^ To make things even tougher on himself, he stood instead of sitting between rounds and only rested 30 seconds instead of the customary full minute.

.During the bout, Ali employed an unexpected strategy.^ During their first bout together, Liston put something on his gloves that caused Ali’s eyes to sting and severely impaired his vision.
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.Leading up to the fight, he had declared he was going to "dance" and use his speed to keep away from Foreman and outbox him.^ PAGE 30 PANEL 1 A FIGHT - ALI VS. FOREMAN - The two men landing punches, Ali talking away.

.However, in the first round, Ali headed straight for the champion and began scoring with a right hand lead, clearly surprising Foreman.^ Initially disdainful of Ali’s refusal, he changed his opinion when later he saw clearly that Ali’s decision was not only right, but eminently laudable.
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^ Holding my left hand low with my right hand loosely cocked; I was the mirror image of Ali.

^ PANEL 2 INT. BEDROOM - Ali slumped on bed, head in one hand, a copy of Ring magazine in the other.

.Ali caught Foreman nine times in the first round with this technique but failed to knock him out.^ "Don’t knock him out quick, Muhammad, play with him first!"

^ FIGHT 4 - Ali vs. BRIAN LONDON. CAPTION: Brian London: knocked out.

^ BUS. 1: Clay predicts the round he's gonna knock out his opponent -- and makes good on it!

He then decided to take advantage of the young champion's weakness: staying power. .Foreman had won 37 of his 40 bouts by knockout, mostly within three rounds.^ Allowed to fight again in late 1970, he returned victorious with a three-round knockout of Jerry Quarry, a contending heavyweight.
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^ PANEL 5 AFTER A FIGHT - Cassius walks with a PHOTOGRAPHER. CAPTION: Cassius wins his next three bouts by knockout.

.Eight of his previous bouts didn't go past the second round.^ CAPTION: By 1963, with seven of Cassius' eight previous bouts ending victoriously in the round predicted, Life publishes one of his poems.

.Ali saw an opportunity to outlast Foreman, and capitalized on it.^ In my more optimistic moments I sometimes saw Ali winning on points, but I never saw him knocking Foreman out.

.In the second round, the challenger retreated to the ropes—inviting Foreman to hit him, while counterpunching and verbally taunting the younger man.^ But rather than fall to the canvas like Foreman’s previous opponents had done, Ali simply smiled a broad grin and taunted, "Is that as hard as you can hit?

^ But he did not pitch forward like so many had before him; instead he sprung from the ropes and stunned the surprised Foreman with quick, precise combinations of his own.

.Ali's plan was to enrage Foreman and absorb his best blows to exhaust him mentally and physically.^ In my more optimistic moments I sometimes saw Ali winning on points, but I never saw him knocking Foreman out.

^ But Foreman was hurt and Ali knocked him off his feet with a combination the like of which he had not thrown in years.

^ Foreman’s exhibition of endurance was impressive, and did nothing to increase my estimates of Ali’s chances against him.

.While Foreman threw wide shots to Ali's body, Ali countered with stinging straight punches to Foreman's head.^ PAGE 30 PANEL 1 A FIGHT - ALI VS. FOREMAN - The two men landing punches, Ali talking away.

.Foreman threw hundreds of punches in seven rounds, but with decreasing technique and potency.^ However, like a giant wind-up toy, Foreman continued to gradually slow down through rounds six and seven.

Ali's tactic of leaning on the ropes, covering up, and absorbing ineffective body shots was later termed "The Rope-A-Dope."
.By the end of the seventh round, Foreman was exhausted.^ Towards the end of the eighth round, Ali landed a short, sneaky right hand and Steve grabbed my arm and screamed, "Foreman’s hurt!

.In the eighth round, Ali dropped Foreman with a combination at center ring and Foreman failed to make the count.^ But Foreman was hurt and Ali knocked him off his feet with a combination the like of which he had not thrown in years.

^ In fifty-one total rounds of boxing, Ali had failed to score even a single knockdown against either of them.

^ Towards the end of the eighth round, Ali landed a short, sneaky right hand and Steve grabbed my arm and screamed, "Foreman’s hurt!

Against the odds, Ali had regained the title. .Many years later, Foreman would become champ again at age 45. Muhammad Ali (Foreman's best friend at the time) did not attend the title bout.^ Ali fought and won many times but could not get a shot at the title.

^ CAPTION: Despite Justice Department attempts to curtail Ali's comeback, the former champ returns in a 10-round non-title bout against Jerry Quarry.

^ This 60-minute DVD doesn’t get anywhere close to Ali’s latter day bouts with the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman.
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When asked why, he said "I would deviate attention from George. It was his moment, not mine."
.The "Rumble in the Jungle" was the subject of a 1996 Academy Award winning documentary film, When We Were Kings.^ But one major opponent remembers him not for their epic “Rumble in the Jungle,” but for the example he set for everyone at the 1996 Olympics.
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The match was ranked seventh in the British television program The 100 Greatest Sporting Moments. .The fight and the events leading up to it are extensively depicted in both John Herzfeld's 1997 docudrama Don King: Only in America and Michael Mann's 2001 docudrama, Ali.^ ALI: Get up and fight, sucker!

^ PANEL 3 THE RING - AFTER FIGHT - REF holds up LEON SPINKS' arms (obviously the winner) while Ali, in B.G., glowers.

^ Thomas Hauser, in his book Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, tells the story of Don Elbaum, a Toronto entrepreneur who set up Ali to train in Sully’s gym in preparation for his fight with George Chuvalo.
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The Thrilla in Manila

Ali being interviewed by WBAL-TV's Curt Anderson, 1978, Baltimore, Maryland
In March 1975, Ali faced Chuck Wepner in a bout that inspired the original Rocky. .While it was largely thought that Ali would dominate, Wepner surprised everyone by not only knocking Ali down in the ninth round, but nearly going the distance.^ SEPARATE CAPTION: Ali goes down in Round 15.

^ For many years Canadians would compliment him on going the distance with Ali.
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^ INT Muhammad Ali interview SOT - Says he's coming to London to get Cooper / Doesn't like the way he knocked him down last time .
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Ali eventually stopped Wepner in the fading minutes of the 15th round. Following a title defense with Ron Lyle, in July Ali faced Joe Bugner, winning a 15 round decision.
.On October 1, 1975, Ali fought Joe Frazier for the third time.^ This 60-minute DVD doesn’t get anywhere close to Ali’s latter day bouts with the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman.
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^ "You know," Ali continued, "if I hadn’t of beaten Norton that night, I probably would have never gotten another chance at whuppin’ Joe Frazier!

^ Ali fought and won many times but could not get a shot at the title.

[4] .The bout was promoted as the Thrilla in Manila[4] by Don King, who had ascended to prominence following the Ali-Foreman fight.^ This 60-minute DVD doesn’t get anywhere close to Ali’s latter day bouts with the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman.
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^ So I don’t want to be remembered as the man who broke Ali’s jaw.
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^ I just want to be remembered as a man who fought three close competitive fights with Ali, and became his friend when the fighting was over.
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The anticipation was enormous for this final clash between two great heavyweights. Ali believed Frazier was "over the hill" by that point. .Ali's frequent insults, slurs and demeaning poems increased the anticipation and excitement for the fight, but also enraged a determined Frazier.^ PAGE 29 PANEL 1 NEWSPAPER HEADLINE: "Frazier and Ali to receive $2.5 million each for fight at Madison Square Garden".

^ Ali interview before Joe Frazier fight 26.9.1975 PHILIPPINES: ...
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^ PANEL 2 THE FIGHT (MONTAGE ACROSS) - Ali and Frazier damn near kill one another.

Regarding the fight, Ali famously remarked, "It will be a killa... and a chilla... and a thrilla... when I get the gorilla in Manila."
.The fight lasted 14 grueling rounds in temperatures approaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit.^ He won his last fight against Zora Folley by a T.K.O. in the seventh round before he began his pilgrimage into the wilderness.
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.Ali won many of the early rounds, but Frazier staged a comeback in the middle rounds, while Ali lay on the ropes.^ Ali fought and won many times but could not get a shot at the title.

^ Ali won all except one, against Joe Frazier, and even then it was a loss that many considered a moral victory.
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.By the late rounds, however, Ali had reasserted control and the fight was stopped when Frazier was unable to answer the bell for the 15th and final round (his eyes were swollen closed).^ I just want to be remembered as a man who fought three close competitive fights with Ali, and became his friend when the fighting was over.
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^ Allowed to fight again in late 1970, he returned victorious with a three-round knockout of Jerry Quarry, a contending heavyweight.
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^ The Jones fight had been a difficult one early in his career and the then Cassius Clay had to rally in the ninth and tenth round to pull out a close decision.

Frazier's trainer, Eddie Futch, refused to allow Frazier to continue.

Subsequent bouts and retirement

.In February 1976, Ali easily beat Jean-Pierre Coopman.^ Belgians responded in similar fashion to their own Jean-Pierre Coopman’s fight with Ali in 1976.
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.In April 1976 he defeated Jimmy Young and then Richard Dunn the following month, which would turn out to be Ali's last knockout victory.^ Would Ali turn out to be a black racist who would not even talk to me, his most devoted fan, simply because of the whiteness of my skin?

^ But he splashed out for the tickets…because Ali was a Muslim…For the young Akram, however, Ali was from the beginning more than an Islamic hero.
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^ Jimmy looked up with bright eyes and called out, “Muhammad, I knew you would come!” .
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.Following that fight, he staged an exhibition match with professional wrestler and Mixed Martial Artist Antonio Inoki.^ Ali in Japan 3.4.1998 JAPAN: Tokyo: INT *** flash photography *** Muhammad Ali photocall with Antonio Inoki (Wrestler) / Ali speaking to press as leaves press conference SOT - His best fight being against Joe Frazier ends .
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[20] .Although widely perceived as a publicity stunt, the match against Inoki would have a long-term detrimental affect on Ali's mobility.^ Most of the tributes spoke in general terms of Ali as a role model, listing his abilities as a fighter, his struggle against oppression, and his stand against the Vietnam War.
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Inoki spent much of the fight on the ground trying to damage Ali’s legs, while Ali spent most of the fight dodging the kicks or staying on the ropes.[21] .At the end of 15 rounds, the bout was called a draw.^ CAPTION: By 1963, with seven of Cassius' eight previous bouts ending victoriously in the round predicted, Life publishes one of his poems.

Ali's legs, however, were bleeding, leading to an infection. He suffered two blood clots in his legs as well.[20]
.In September 1976, at Yankee Stadium, Ali faced Ken Norton in their third fight, with Ali winning a close but unanimous 15-round decision.^ He wins a 10-round decision.

^ Several years after his losses to Ali, Ken Norton suffered a serious automobile accident and had to be hospitalized, and doctors thought he might never walk again.
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^ I just want to be remembered as a man who fought three close competitive fights with Ali, and became his friend when the fighting was over.
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.1977 saw Ali defend his title against Alfredo Evangelista and Earnie Shavers.^ Ernie Shavers, once a serious contender for the heavyweight title and later a preacher, testifies also to Ali’s significant influence on his life.
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.Fight doctor Ferdie Pacheco left Ali's camp following the Shavers fight after being rebuffed for advising Ali to retire.^ One of them was Ferdie Pacheco, known as boxing’s “fight doctor.” He was in a position to observe Ali’s effect on the populations surrounding him, and on the communities that he visited during his boxing career.
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^ Muhammad Ali retired from boxing in 1981, yet he appears to be even busier now than when he was fighting.
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^ In the case of a poetry group in Bogotá, Columbia, circa 1969, Ali was not being honored for his fighting skills, but rather for his refusal to enter the army and his poetic talent.
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.In February 1978, Ali lost the heavweight title to 1976 Olympics Champion Leon Spinks.^ PANEL 3 THE RING - AFTER FIGHT - REF holds up LEON SPINKS' arms (obviously the winner) while Ali, in B.G., glowers.

^ CAPTION: Seven fights later, Leon Spinks defeats Ali in a split-decision upset, February of 1978.

.On September 15, 1978, Ali fought a rematch in the New Orleans Louisiana Superdome against Spinks for the WBA version of the Heavyweight title, winning it for a record third time.^ Ali fought and won many times but could not get a shot at the title.

^ SEPARATE CAPTION: 15 bouts later, for the first and only time in history, one man captures the heavyweight title for an unbelievable third time.

^ So on September 10, 1973; Ali took his first step towards redemption with a rematch against Ken Norton.

.Ali retired following this victory on June 27, 1979, but returned in 1980 to face current champion Larry Holmes in an attempt to win a heavyweight title an unprecedented four times.^ CAPTION: Despite Justice Department attempts to curtail Ali's comeback, the former champ returns in a 10-round non-title bout against Jerry Quarry.

^ Ali fought and won many times but could not get a shot at the title.

^ SEPARATE CAPTION: 15 bouts later, for the first and only time in history, one man captures the heavyweight title for an unbelievable third time.

.Angelo Dundee refused to let his man come out for the 11th round, in what became Ali's only loss by anything other than a decision.^ I think it is safe to say that when he refused military induction in 1967, Ali was the most hated man in America.

^ Miller also records instances of Ali’s profound influences on people’s lives other than his own.
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^ I just want to be remembered as a man who fought three close competitive fights with Ali, and became his friend when the fighting was over.
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Ali's final fight, a loss by unanimous decision after 10 rounds, was to up-and-coming challenger Trevor Berbick in 1981.

Ali's legacy

.Muhammad Ali defeated every top heavyweight in his era, which has been called the golden age of heavyweight boxing.^ Until he proves himself worthy of the name "Muhammad Ali," we will call him "Cassius Clay!"

^ "Please do not call the station for his whereabouts," the radio voice said, "Muhammad Ali is not in town.

^ Just about everyone accepts by now that Muhammad Ali is the Greatest Heavyweight Champion of all times.

.Ali was named "Fighter of the Year" by Ring Magazine more times than any other fighter, and was involved in more Ring Magazine "Fight of the Year" bouts than any other fighter.^ Sugar Ray Leonard, the great middleweight champion, also concluded that Ali was more than a boxer, while he was just a fighter.
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^ Casablanca exhibition bout 31.7.1972 MORROCO: Casablanca: INT Muhammad Ali and Sounkalo of Mali fighting in boxing ring CUTAWAYs Crown Prince watching and spectators Sounkalo puts on robe Ali ...
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^ Miller also records instances of Ali’s profound influences on people’s lives other than his own.
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.He is an inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and holds wins over seven other Hall of Fame inductees.^ PANEL 4 SPLIT-PANEL - One side is Life magazine, the other is Cassius in a recording, studio holding sheets of his verse that he recites into a microphone.

He is also one of only three boxers to be named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated.
.In 1978, three years before Ali's permanent retirement, the Board of Aldermen in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky voted 6–5 to rename Walnut Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard.^ Muhammad Ali – Greatest of All Time,” HongKong Standard, September 17, 1978, 14.
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^ Click here to learn about the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as, to view a fantastic website full of historical information on the life and times of Muhammad Ali.

^ On the Raider post game show it was announced that the two-time Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali was believed to have been seen somewhere on the streets of downtown Oakland.

This was controversial at the time, as within a week 12 of the 70 street signs were stolen. Earlier that year, a committee of the Jefferson County Public Schools considered renaming Central High School in his honor, but the motion failed to pass. .At any rate, in time, Muhammad Ali Boulevard—and Ali himself—came to be well accepted in his hometown.^ Until he proves himself worthy of the name "Muhammad Ali," we will call him "Cassius Clay!"

^ Moon said, “I am thrilled to have been invited to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali—a man I have admired for a very long time.” [35] .
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^ Muhammad Ali – Greatest of All Time,” HongKong Standard, September 17, 1978, 14.
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[22]
.In 1993, the Associated Press reported that Ali was tied with Babe Ruth as the most recognized athletes, out of over 800 dead or alive athletes, in America.^ Would Ali turn out to be a black racist who would not even talk to me, his most devoted fan, simply because of the whiteness of my skin?

^ Then out of nowhere a burly man that I recognized as Ali’s bodyguard, Pat Patterson, appeared.

.The study, conducted by Nye Lavalle's Sports Marketing Group, found that over 97% of Americans, over 12-years of age, identified both Ali and Ruth.^ To forestall such an eventuality, Herbert Muhammad of the Nation of Islam gathered a group of sports stars to pressure Ali to make a deal with the government.
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^ William Nack, “Muhammad Ali (Forty for the Ages),” Sports Illustrated , September 19, 1994, 49.
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[23]
He was the recipient of the 1997 Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

In retirement

Muhammad Ali in retirement
.Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984,[24][25] a disease for which those subject to severe head trauma, such as boxers, are many times more susceptible.^ He noted that Ali, there at the same time as Helmut Kohl, was mentioned twenty-one more times than the German Chancellor.
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^ Sugar Ray Leonard, the great middleweight champion, also concluded that Ali was more than a boxer, while he was just a fighter.
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^ For him, Ali was important because he stood up against oppression, and “By his standing up as he did, gave many of us much more courage than we had.
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[26] Despite the disability, he remains a beloved and active public figure. In 1985, he served as a guest referee at the inaugural WrestleMania event.[27][28] In 1987 he was selected by the California Bicentennial Foundation for the U.S. Constitution to personify the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights in various high profile activities. Ali rode on a float at the 1988 Tournament of Roses Parade, launching the U.S. Constitution's 200th birthday commemoration. .He also published an oral history, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser, in 1991. Ali received a Spirit of America Award calling him the most recognized American in the world.^ Hauser, Muhammad Ali, 204.
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^ Hauser, Muhammad Ali, 192.
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^ Hauser, Muhammad Ali, 176-177.
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.In 1996, he had the honor of lighting the flame at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.^ Perhaps it was the aura of this mythical figure that former U.S. President Bill Clinton experienced when he witnessed Ali lighting the flame at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
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The Muhammad Ali Center, alongside Interstate 64 on Louisville's riverfront
.He appeared at the 1998 AFL (Australian Football League) Grand Final, where Anthony Pratt invited him to watch the game.^ He later spent eleven years in the United States National Football League, during which time he played in nine Pro Bowl games.
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He also greets runners at the start line of the Los Angeles Marathon every year.
.In 1999, the BBC produced a special version of its annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award ceremony, and Ali was voted their Sports Personality of the Century,[29] receiving more votes than the other four contenders combined.^ The very same people that had once despised Ali were now righteously outraged that he had been unjustly denied his constitutional right to pursue his livelihood for four long years.

^ Sugar Ray Leonard, the great middleweight champion, also concluded that Ali was more than a boxer, while he was just a fighter.
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^ Miller also records instances of Ali’s profound influences on people’s lives other than his own.
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.His daughter Laila Ali also became a boxer in 1999,[30] despite her father's earlier comments against female boxing in 1978: "Women are not made to be hit in the breast, and face like that...^ But rather than fall to the canvas like Foreman’s previous opponents had done, Ali simply smiled a broad grin and taunted, "Is that as hard as you can hit?

^ In fifty-one total rounds of boxing, Ali had failed to score even a single knockdown against either of them.

^ At one point I asked Ali what it felt like when he got hit.

the body's not made to be punched right here [patting his chest]. Get hit in the breast... hard... and all that."[31]
.On September 13, 1999, Ali was named "Kentucky Athlete of the Century" by the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Galt House East.^ Shame on you for even thinking that these men deserve to be compared with Ali… I had many athletic heroes in my youth...But there was only one Muhammad Ali, Athlete of the Century.
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^ When Muhammad Ali was chosen as the Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated, as well as a number of other organizations in December of 1999, Richard Williams and Michael Rowbottom writing for the Independent (a British newspaper) felt compelled to comment.
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^ Canadian journalist Jack Todd also commented on Ali’s status as Athlete of the Century.
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[32]
Ali's Presidential Medal of Freedom on display at the Ali Center
In 2001, a biographical film, entitled Ali, was made, directed by Michael Mann, with Will Smith starring as Ali. The film received mixed reviews, with the positives generally attributed to the acting, as Smith and supporting actor Jon Voight earned Academy Award nominations. .Prior to making the Ali movie, Will Smith had continually rejected the role of Ali until Muhammad Ali personally requested that he accept the role.^ Just about everyone accepts by now that Muhammad Ali is the Greatest Heavyweight Champion of all times.

^ It is the transformation of Rocky Balboa into Muhammad Ali.” [75] From the beginning, the American movie-going public saw through the cinematic sleight of film.
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^ To every person we saw he would sing out, "we’re going to see Muhammad Ali for free , do you want to come along?"

.According to Smith, the first thing Ali said about the subject to Smith was: "You ain't pretty enough to play me."^ ALI: You ain't no champion!

^ Then Ali said the most astounding thing.

^ "Be at the Lemmington Hotel at 9:00 sharp," Ali said, "and tell the guy taking the tickets to let you in free."

.On November 17, 2002, Muhammad Ali went to Afghanistan as "U.N. Messenger of Peace".[33] He was in Kabul for a three-day goodwill mission as a special guest of the United Nations.^ Ali meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai 17.11.2002 AFGHANISTAN: Kabul: EXT Muhammad Ali receiving flowers at airport and along on tarmac with United Nations (UN) delegation INT *** flash ...
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^ Elvis Stojko and Warren Moon join a host of sports legends in saluting Muhammad Ali on October 20 at SkyDome,” Canada NewsWire , October 8, 2002.
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^ Muhammad Ali – Greatest of All Time,” HongKong Standard, September 17, 1978, 14.
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[34]
.On January 8, 2005, Muhammad Ali was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President George W. Bush.^ Otto Hahn peace medal 18.12.2005 GERMANY: Berlin: INT *** flash photography *** Muhammad Ali, with fist outstretched, on stage with Klaus Wowereit (Berlin Mayor) and his wife Lonnie / Ali presented ...
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^ But though Ali is today is seen as an embodiment of liberty, and was in fact the recipient of a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, his stand against oppression was never a crusade.
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^ Ali visit to Cuba 19.1.1996 CUBA: Havana: EXT Muhammad Ali getting off bus and greeting children / Woman presenting Ali with medal INT Ali boxing in ring with young Cuban boy, fakes a knockdown / ...
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.He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony on November 9, 2005,[35][36] and the "Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold" of the United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN) in Berlin for his work with the US civil rights movement and the United Nations (December 17, 2005).^ Otto Hahn peace medal 18.12.2005 GERMANY: Berlin: INT *** flash photography *** Muhammad Ali, with fist outstretched, on stage with Klaus Wowereit (Berlin Mayor) and his wife Lonnie / Ali presented ...
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^ Ali meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai 17.11.2002 AFGHANISTAN: Kabul: EXT Muhammad Ali receiving flowers at airport and along on tarmac with United Nations (UN) delegation INT *** flash ...
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As Mrs. Lonnie Ali looks on, President George W. Bush embraces Muhammad Ali after presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005, during ceremonies at the White House.
.On November 19, 2005 (Ali's 19th wedding anniversary), the $60 million non-profit Muhammad Ali Center opened in downtown Louisville.^ Click here to learn about the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as, to view a fantastic website full of historical information on the life and times of Muhammad Ali.

^ On the Raider post game show it was announced that the two-time Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad Ali was believed to have been seen somewhere on the streets of downtown Oakland.

^ For Hannan, the objective of the center “would be an almost laughable, crazy ideal if it came from anyone other than Muhammad Ali.” [20] .
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In addition to displaying his boxing memorabilia, the center focuses on core themes of peace, social responsibility, respect, and personal growth.
.According to the Ali Center website, "Since he retired from boxing, Ali has devoted himself to humanitarian endeavors around the globe.^ Click here to learn about the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as, to view a fantastic website full of historical information on the life and times of Muhammad Ali.

^ Muhammad Ali retired from boxing in 1981, yet he appears to be even busier now than when he was fighting.
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^ He remembers that after moving to England in the 1970s, he realized that Ali belonged to the entire world, and people from all sections of the globe admired or were influenced by him, even those, according to Marqusee, who loathed boxing and its associated values.
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.He is a devout Muslim, and travels the world over, lending his name and presence to hunger and poverty relief, supporting education efforts of all kinds, promoting adoption and encouraging people to respect and better understand one another.^ You are one of the few people who have changed the world for the better.
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^ Ali has continued his efforts to preserve the dignity and freedom of all peoples, regardless of race or creed to this very day, a fact recognized by the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation, which held a ceremony in 1998 honoring Ali for his humanitarian work.
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^ It is no mystery then, that the peoples of the world find in this most unusual man, a figure and humanity that passeth all understanding.
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.It is estimated that he has helped to provide more than 22 million meals to feed the hungry.^ It is unclear who insisted on this, but the film “Ali,” raised more than R1-million in South Africa for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
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^ It was part of a plan to bring more than 60 million US dollars for medical equipment and additional medicines to Cuba.
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.Ali travels, on average, more than 200 days per year."^ Sugar Ray Leonard, the great middleweight champion, also concluded that Ali was more than a boxer, while he was just a fighter.
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^ But he splashed out for the tickets…because Ali was a Muslim…For the young Akram, however, Ali was from the beginning more than an Islamic hero.
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^ The punch, harmless as it was, was thrown more in Ali's vicinity than really at him.

.At the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 2, 2007, Ali was an honorary captain for the Louisville Cardinals wearing their white jersey, number 19. Ali was accompanied by golf legend Arnold Palmer, who was the honorary captain for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade.^ The number and dispersion of individuals who testified to owing Ali for their successes .
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^ Wake Forest Demon D...

^ Wake Forest Demon Deacons .

.A youth club in Ali's hometown and a species of rose (Rosa ali) have also been named after him.^ Until he proves himself worthy of the name "Muhammad Ali," we will call him "Cassius Clay!"

^ It is Ali’s refusal to be inducted that, in the beginning, caused his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, to reject him as a native son.
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On June 5, 2007, he received an honorary doctorate of humanities at Princeton University's 260th graduation ceremony.[37]
Ali lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his fourth wife, Yolanda "Lonnie" Ali.[38] They own a house in Berrien Springs, Michigan, which is for sale. On January 9, 2007, they purchased a house in eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky for $1,875,000.[39] Lonnie converted to Islam from Catholicism in her late 20s.[40]
On the 17th of August 2009, it was voted unanimously by the town council of Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland to make Ali the first Freeman of Ennis. Ennis was the birthplace of Ali's great grandfather before he emigrated to the U.S. in the 1860s, before eventually settling in Kentucky.[41] On 1 September 2009, Ali visited the town of Ennis and at a civic reception he received the honour of the freedom of the town.[42]

Ranking in heavyweight history

.Ali is generally considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time by boxing commentators and historians.^ He gave unselfishly to others and it is this quality above all others which, in my opinion, makes him the Greatest of All Times!

^ SEPARATE CAPTION: 15 bouts later, for the first and only time in history, one man captures the heavyweight title for an unbelievable third time.

^ Efosa Aruede of Nigeria pointed out that Ali “demonstrated to us all that medical adversity should not force one into despondence.” [33] .
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.Ring Magazine, a prominent boxing magazine, named him number 1 in a 1998 ranking of greatest heavyweights from all eras.^ PANEL 2 INT. BOXING RING - LONDON FIGHT - Clay enters, arms up, wearing a stone encrusted crown and a robe emblazoned with "Cassius the Greatest."

^ PANEL 5 INT. BOXING RING - Angelo and Trainer watch as Clay spars with Johansson, buries him in several swift jabs.

^ Ali Says He Is Still The Greatest Fighter Of All Time,” Jet , May 11, 1998, 50.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

[43] .In a 1971 article, Nat Fleischer, the founder of the Ring who saw every heavyweight champion from Jim Jeffries to Joe Frazier, refused to include Ali in his all-time top ten, saying: "he does not qualify for rating with the greatest heavyweights of all time". Fleischer was writing after Ali's loss to Frazier, several years before his performance against Foreman and rematches with Frazier.^ Just about everyone accepts by now that Muhammad Ali is the Greatest Heavyweight Champion of all times.

^ By this time, Joe Frazier had become the heavyweight champion of the world, but Muhammad Ali was sorely missed.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ I think it is safe to say that when he refused military induction in 1967, Ali was the most hated man in America.

.Ali was named the second greatest fighter in boxing history by ESPN.com behind only welterweight and middleweight great Sugar Ray Robinson.^ The great middleweight champion Sugar Ray Leonard, commenting on his own distinguished career, called himself “only a fighter,” and some might regard Ali in the same way.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ The second program, “Ali’s Dozen,” highlighted twelve fights deemed by the champion himself to have been his greatest.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ Sugar Ray Leonard, the great middleweight champion, also concluded that Ali was more than a boxer, while he was just a fighter.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

[44] .In December 2007, ESPN listed Ali second in its choice of the greatest heavyweights of all time, behind Joe Louis.^ The second program, “Ali’s Dozen,” highlighted twelve fights deemed by the champion himself to have been his greatest.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ I said to him after the second day, I said “Cassius,”—by then he wanted to be called Ali but I still slipped from time to time—I said, “this is a hell of a story.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ Ali won all except one, against Joe Frazier, and even then it was a loss that many considered a moral victory.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

[45]

Personal life

.Muhammad Ali has been married four times and has seven daughters and two sons.^ Moon said, “I am thrilled to have been invited to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali—a man I have admired for a very long time.” [35] .
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ Love, Your friend, Muhammad Ali.” [10] Two weeks later Ali learned that Jimmy was in a hospital and not expected to live.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ Muhammad Ali – Greatest of All Time,” HongKong Standard, September 17, 1978, 14.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

.Ali met his first wife, cocktail waitress Sonji Roi, approximately one month before they married on August 14, 1964. Roi's objections to certain Muslim customs in regard to dress for women contributed to the breakup of their marriage.^ He asked the first-grade class if they had ever heard of Muhammad Ali, and all twenty-three of them raised their hands.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ He said that for miles and miles they had traveled and met no one.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ PANEL 4 ALI - on his knees, pleading to SONJI. CAPTION: Upon returning to the U.S, Muhammad's introduced to Nation sister, Sonji Roi.

They divorced on January 10, 1966.
.On August 17, 1967, Ali (aged 25) married 17-year old Belinda Boyd.^ It was at one of these parties that the then eight-year-old Ali took control of the mixer and turntables and began his life long musical journey.
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad Discography at Discogs 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

.After the wedding, she converted to Islam and changed her name to Khalilah Ali, though she was still called Belinda by old friends and family.^ I said to him after the second day, I said “Cassius,”—by then he wanted to be called Ali but I still slipped from time to time—I said, “this is a hell of a story.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ The importance Ali attached to changing his name could not have been lost on any intelligent observer as a harbinger of things to come.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ But soon after he changed his name to Muhammad Ali, the acid of racial and religious prejudice began to fume!
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

They had four children: Maryum (b. 1968), Jamillah and Liban (b. 1970), and Muhammad Ali Jr. (b. 1972).[46]
In 1975, Ali began an affair with Veronica Porsche, an actress and model. By the summer of 1977, Ali's second marriage was over and he had married Veronica.[47] At the time of their marriage, they had a baby girl, Hana, and Veronica was pregnant with their second child. Their second daughter, Laila, was born in December 1977. By 1986, Ali and Veronica were divorced.
On November 19, 1986, Ali married Yolanda Ali. They had been friends since 1964 in Louisville. They have one adopted son at 5 year old, Asaad Amin.[46][48][49][50][51]
.Ali has two other daughters, Miya and Khaliah, from extramarital relationships.^ My other two great Ali buddies- Milo Drussai and Jim Henzi- celebrated along with Steve and I. .

[46][52]

Ali in the media and popular culture

.As a world champion boxer and social activist, Ali has been the subject of numerous books, films and other creative works.^ Sugar Ray Leonard, the great middleweight champion, also concluded that Ali was more than a boxer, while he was just a fighter.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ I am the Heavyweight Champion of the World and I am asking you a question, why did you bring that book?"

^ At one such occasion on October 20, 2002 at the SkyDome in Toronto, Canada, Ali was joined by former World Heavyweight Champions Lennox Lewis and Larry Holmes, Canada’s George Chuvalo, and others.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

.In 1963, he released an album of spoken word on Columbia Records titled I am the Greatest! He has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on 37 different occasions, second only to Michael Jordan.^ Columbia Records releases an LP of his poetry and monologues, and his verse is widely quoted.

[53] .His autobiography The Greatest: My Own Story, written with Richard Durham, was published in 1975.[54] When We Were Kings, a 1996 documentary about the Rumble in the Jungle, won an Academy Award,[55] and the 2001 biopic Ali garnered an Oscar nomination for Will Smith's portrayal of the lead role.^ Truly the greatest.” Simon Mundie from the United Kingdom appeared not to be concerned about racism in his own country, but in America.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ If the papers come and write about it, my people are going to get upset, and I won’t be able to do it anymore.” So I respected his wishes; I never told the press.
  • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

^ One of the items I put under my arm was a copy of Ali’s bright yellow autobiography entitled "The Greatest."

[56]
.For contributions to the theater industry, Muhammed Ali was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.^ Ali given star on Hollywood Walk of Fame 11.1.2002 USA: California: Los Angeles: EXT Muhammad Ali arriving with his wife Lonnie and daughter Hani / Ali onto stage as throws punches into the ...
  • Muhammad Ali Compilation 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.itnsource.com [Source type: General]

[57]

Professional boxing record

56 Wins (37 knockouts, 19 decisions), 5 Losses (4 decisions, 1 retirement), 0 Draws[1]
Res. Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss Trevor Berbick Decision (unanimous) 10 (10) 1981-12-11 The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas
Loss Larry Holmes TKO 10 (15) 1980-10-02 United States Las Vegas, NV Match was for WBC Heavyweight title
Win Leon Spinks Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1978-09-15 United States New Orleans, LA Won WBA Heavyweight title;
Vacated title on 1979-09-06
Loss Leon Spinks Decision (split) 15 (15) 1978-02-15 United States Las Vegas, NV Lost WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Earnie Shavers Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1977-09-29 United States New York City, NY Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Alfredo Evangelista Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1977-05-16 United States Landover, MD Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Ken Norton Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1976-09-28 United States The Bronx, New York Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Richard Dunn TKO 5 (15) 1976-05-24 Germany Munich, Germany Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Jimmy Young Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1976-04-30 United States Landover, MD Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Jean-Pierre Coopman KO 5 (15) 1976-02-20 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Joe Frazier TKO 14 (15), 0:59 1975-10-01 Philippines Quezon City, Philippines "The Thrilla in Manila";
Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Joe Bugner Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1975-06-30 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Ron Lyle TKO 11 (15) 1975-05-16 United States Las Vegas, NV Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Chuck Wepner TKO 15 (15), 2:41 1975-03-24 United States Richfield, OH Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win George Foreman KO 8 (15), 2:58 1974-10-30 Zaire Kinshasa, Zaire "The Rumble in the Jungle";
Won WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles
Win Joe Frazier Decision (unanimous) 12 (12) 1974-01-28 United States New York City, NY Retained NABF Heavyweight title;
Vacated title later in 1974
Win Rudi Lubbers Decision (unanimous) 12 (12) 1973-10-20 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia
Win Ken Norton Decision (split) 12 (12) 1973-09-10 United States Inglewood, CA Won NABF Heavyweight title
Loss Ken Norton Decision (split) 12 (12) 1973-03-31 United States San Diego, CA Lost NABF Heavyweight title
Win Joe Bugner Decision (unanimous) 12 (12) 1973-02-14 United States Las Vegas, NV
Win Bob Foster KO 7 (12) 1972-11-21 United States Stateline, NV Retained NABF Heavyweight title
Win Floyd Patterson TKO 7 (12) 1972-09-20 United States New York City, NY Retained NABF Heavyweight title
Win Alvin Lewis TKO 11 (12), 1:15 1972-07-19 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland
Win Jerry Quarry TKO 7 (12), 0:19 1972-06-27 United States Las Vegas, NV Retained NABF Heavyweight title
Win George Chuvalo Decision (unanimous) 12 (12) 1972-05-01 Canada Vancouver, Canada Retained NABF Heavyweight title
Win Mac Foster Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1972-04-01 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win Jürgen Blin KO 7 (12), 2:12 1971-12-26 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zurich, Switzerland
Win Buster Mathis Decision (unanimous) 12 (12) 1971-11-17 United States Houston, TX Retained NABF Heavyweight title
Win Jimmy Ellis TKO 12 (12), 2:10 1971-07-26 United States Houston, TX Won vacant NABF Heavyweight title
Loss Joe Frazier Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1971-03-08 United States New York City, NY "The Fight of the Century";
Match was for WBA/WBC Heavyweight
titles
Win Oscar Bonavena TKO 15 (15), 2:03 1970-12-07 United States New York City, NY Won NABF Heavyweight title;
Vacated title in 1971
Win Jerry Quarry TKO 3 (15) 1970-10-26 United States Atlanta, GA
Win Zora Folley KO 7 (15), 1:48 1967-03-22 United States New York City, NY Retained WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles;
Stripped of titles on 1967-04-28
Win Ernie Terrell Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1967-02-06 United States Houston, TX Retained WBC Heavyweight title,
Won WBA Heavyweight title
Win Cleveland Williams TKO 3 (15) 1966-11-14 United States Houston, TX Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Karl Mildenberger TKO 12 (15) 1966-09-10 Germany Frankfurt, Germany Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Brian London KO 3 (15) 1966-08-06 United Kingdom London England Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Henry Cooper TKO 6 (15), 1:38 1966-05-21 United Kingdom London, England Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win George Chuvalo Decision (unanimous) 15 (15) 1966-03-29 Canada Toronto, Canada Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Floyd Patterson TKO 12 (15), 2:18 1965-11-22 United States Las Vegas, NV Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Sonny Liston KO 1 (15), 2:12 1965-05-25 United States Lewiston, ME Retained WBC Heavyweight title
Win Sonny Liston Corner retirement 7 (15) 1964-02-25 United States Miami Beach, FL Won WBA/WBC Heavyweight titles;
Stripped of WBA title on 1964-06-19
Win Henry Cooper TKO 5 (10), 2:15 1963-06-18 United Kingdom London, England
Win Doug Jones Decision (unanimous) 10 (10) 1963-03-13 United States New York City, NY
Win Charley Powell KO 3, 2:04 1963-01-24 United States Pittsburgh, PA
Win Archie Moore TKO 4 (10), 1:35 1962-11-15 United States Los Angeles, CA
Win Alejandro Lavorante KO 5 (10), 1:48 1962-07-20 United States Los Angeles, CA
Win Billy Daniels TKO 7 (10), 2:21 1962-05-19 United States Los Angeles, CA
Win George Logan TKO 4 (10), 1:34 1962-04-23 United States New York City, NY
Win Don Warner TKO 4, 0:34 1962-03-28 United States Miami Beach, FL
Win Sonny Banks TKO 4 (10), 0:26 1962-02-10 United States New York City, NY
Win Willi Besmanoff TKO 7 (10), 1:55 1961-11-29 United States Louisville, KY
Win Alex Miteff TKO 6 (10), 1:45 1961-10-07 United States Louisville, KY
Win Alonzo Johnson Decision (unanimous) 10 (10) 1961-07-22 United States Louisville, KY
Win Duke Sabedong Decision (unanimous) 10 (10) 1961-06-26 United States Las Vegas, NV
Win LaMar Clark KO 2 (10), 1:27 1961-04-19 United States Louisville, KY
Win Donnie Fleeman TKO 7 (8) 1961-02-21 United States Miami Beach, FL
Win Jimmy Robinson KO 1 (8), 1:34 1961-02-07 United States Miami Beach, FL
Win Tony Esperti TKO 3 (8), 1:30 1961-01-17 United States Miami Beach, FL
Win Herb Siler KO 4 (8) 1960-12-27 United States Miami Beach, FL
Win Tunney Hunsaker Decision (unanimous) 6 (6) 1960-10-29 United States Louisville, KY

See also

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References

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Achievements
Preceded by
Sonny Liston
WBA Heavyweight boxing champion
February 25, 1964 – June 19, 1964 (Stripped)
Succeeded by
Ernie Terrell
filled vacancy
WBC Heavyweight boxing champion
February 25, 1964 – April 28, 1967 (Stripped)
Succeeded by
Joe Frazier
filled vacancy
Preceded by
Ernie Terrell
WBA Heavyweight boxing champion
February 6, 1967 – April 28, 1967 (Stripped)
Succeeded by
Jimmy Ellis
filled vacancy
Preceded by
Leotis Martin (Vacated)
NABF Heavyweight boxing champion
December 17, 1970 – 1971 (Vacated)
Succeeded by
George Foreman
filled vacancy
Preceded by
George Foreman (Vacated)
NABF Heavyweight boxing champion
Ju1y 26, 1971 – March 31, 1973
Succeeded by
Ken Norton
Preceded by
Ken Norton
NABF Heavyweight boxing champion
September 10, 1973 – 1974 (Vacated)
Succeeded by
Ken Norton
filled vacancy
Preceded by
George Foreman
WBA Heavyweight boxing champion
October 30, 1974 – February 15, 1978
Succeeded by
Leon Spinks
WBC Heavyweight boxing champion
October 30, 1974 – February 15, 1978
Preceded by
Leon Spinks
WBA Heavyweight boxing champion
September 15, 1978 – September 6, 1979 (Vacated)
Succeeded by
John Tate
filled vacancy
Awards
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none
United Press International
Athlete of the Year

1974
Succeeded by
João Carlos de Oliveira
Preceded by
O.J. Simpson
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
1974
Succeeded by
Fred Lynn
Preceded by
O.J. Simpson
Hickok Belt Winner
1974
Succeeded by
Pete Rose
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Antonio Rebollo
Final Summer Olympic Torchbearer
Atlanta 1996
Succeeded by
Cathy Freeman


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

I am the greatest! .I'm the greatest thing that ever lived.^ I'm the greatest thing that ever lived.
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Variant transcription: I'm the greatest thing that ever lived.
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.I don't have a mark on my face, and I upset Sonny Liston, and I just turned twenty-two years old.^ I'm so great I don't have a mark on my face.
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I don't have a mark on my face, and I upset Sonny Liston, and I just turned twenty-two years old.
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after winning the heavyweight championship, upsetting an unbeatable Sonny Liston.
  • eBay Guides - How To Buy Muhammad Ali Autographs on eBay 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC reviews.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

I must be the greatest.
Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.) is an American boxer who was the Heavyweight Champion of the World three times between 1964 and 1979.

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The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
Allah is the Greatest. .I'm just the greatest boxer.
  • Clay comes out to meet Liston and Liston starts to retreat,
    if Liston goes back an inch farther he'll end up in a ringside seat.

    Clay swings with his left, Clay swings with his right,
    Look at young Cassius carry the fight
    Liston keeps backing, but there's not enough room,
    It's a matter of time till Clay lowers the boom.^ There, Clay lowers the boom.
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I'm just the greatest boxer.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • An Interview with Muhammad Ali 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.soundvision.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Clay swings with a left, Clay swings with a right, Look at young Cassius Carry the fight.
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]


    .Now Clay lands with a right,
    What a beautiful swing, and the punch raises the Bear clean out of the ring.
    ^ Now Clay lands with a right, What a beautiful swing, and the punch raises the Bear clean out of the ring.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now Clay swings with a right, What a beautiful swing, And the punch raises the bear, Clear out of the ring.
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Clay talked, inside the ring and out.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]


    .Liston is still rising and the ref wears a frown,
    For he can't start counting till Sonny goes down.
    ^ Liston is still rising And the ref wears a frown, For he can't start counting, Till Sonny comes down.
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Liston is still rising and the ref wears a frown, For he can't start counting till Sonny goes down.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ CAY: (a rhyme) Might as well now give me your thanks, 'cause in Round Four, down goes Sonny Banks!


    .Now Liston is disappearing from view,
    The crowd is going frantic,
    But radar stations have picked him up,
    Somewhere over the Atlantic.
    ^ LISTON: I'm gonna shut him up.

    ^ Now Liston is disappearing from view, The crowd is going frantic, But radar stations have picked him up, Somewhere over the Atlantic.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now Liston disappears from view.
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]


    .Who would have thought when they came to the fight?^ Who would have thought When they came to the fight That they'd witness the launch ing Of a human satellit e?
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Who would have thought when they came to the fight?
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Her critical remarks were utterly shocking since they came from someone who grew up in the Nation of Islam.
    • Ali 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.aalbc.com [Source type: Original source]


    .That they'd witness the launching of a human satellite.^ That they'd witness the launching of a human satellite.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Who would have thought When they came to the fight That they'd witness the launch ing Of a human satellit e?
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]


    .Yes the crowd did not dream, when they put up the money,
    That they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny.
    ^ CLAY: (a rhyme) Yes, the crowd did not dream When they lay down their money That they would see A total eclipse of the Sonny I am the greatest!

    ^ He refused to serve his country like millions of other men did; putting their lives on the line, even if they disagreed with their government.
    • Muhammad Ali attends opening of Parkinson's center - Boxing - Yahoo! Sports 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC sports.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ And whenever the Prophet used to sleep, nobody would wake him up till he himself used to get up as we did not know what was happening (being revealed) to him in his sleep.
    • Some of the Miracles of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( sallalahi alaihi Wa sallam) « Islamic Times and Reflections 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC xeniagreekmuslimah.wordpress.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Poem composed prior to his match with Sonny Liston, in 1963, as quoted in "Brash Clay waxed poetic in 1963 visit to Nashville" by Bill Traughber in Nashville's The CIty Paper (4 June 2002)
    • Variant transcription: Who would have thought, when they came to the fight,
      that they'd witness a launchin' of a black satellite.
  • While I'm talking to you I'm thinking up the greatest short poem of all time.^ Who do you think would win?
    • Mike Tyson Takes on Muhammed Ali on Fight Night Round 4 Cover: News from 1UP.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.1up.com [Source type: General]

    ^ This fight has been called the greatest fight of all time by many.
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Who would have thought When they came to the fight That they'd witness the launch ing Of a human satellit e?
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]

    .This poem tells how it feels to be great as I am: Me — wheee!
    • In response to the question "Who writes your stuff?"^ In response to the question "Who writes your stuff?"
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ This poem tells how it feels to be great as I am: Me — wheee!
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ I've removed the story in question, because the guy who sent it in emailed me later on to tell me that, in fact, Murphy never threatened to kick his ass.
      • A-HOLE FAN DIGEST: The Muhammad Ali Autographing Incident - Assholefandigest - Deadspin 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC deadspin.com [Source type: General]

      in .1963, as quoted in "Brash Clay waxed poetic in 1963 visit to Nashville" by Bill Traughber in The CIty Paper [Nashville] (4 June 2002)
  • This is the legend of Cassius Clay,
    The most beautiful fighter in the world today.

    He talks a great deal, and brags indeed-y,
    Of a muscular punch that's incredibly speed-y.^ He talks a great deal and brag s, indeed, Of a powerful punch and blinding speed.
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]

    ^ This is the story of Cassius Clay the greatest fighter in the world today.

    ^ He talks a lot and boasts indeed, Of a power punch and blinding speed.


    .The fistic world was dull and weary, but with a champ like Liston, things had to be dreary.^ The fistic world was dull and weary, but with a champ like Liston, things had to be dreary.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The fistic world was dull and weary, With a champ like Liston things had to be dreary.
    • Untitled Document 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.usfca.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The sports world needs to have its own progressive milieu to respond to things like this.


    .Then someone with color and someone with dash, brought fight fans are runnin' with Cash.^ Then someone with color and someone with dash, brought fight fans are runnin' with Cash.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Then someone with color, someone with dash, Brought fight fans a-runnin' with cash.
    • Untitled Document 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.usfca.edu [Source type: Original source]


    .This brash young boxer is something to see and the heavyweight championship is his destiny.^ This brash young boxer is something to see and the heavyweight championship is his destiny.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This colorful fighter is something to see and the World Heavyweight Championship is his destiny.

    ^ This brash young boxer is something to see And the heavyweight championship is his destiny.
    • Untitled Document 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.usfca.edu [Source type: Original source]


    .This kid's got a left, this kid's got a right, if he hit you once, you're asleep for the night.^ Ali's got a left, Ali's got a right; If he hits you once, you're asleep for the night.
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]

    ^ This kid's got a left, this kid's got a right, if he hit you once, you're asleep for the night.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Before the boy left, Ali had a photograph taken of himself and Jimmy which he enlarged later and sent to the kid, with the inscription: “You’re going to beat cancer.
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • I Am The Greatest (1964)
  • I knew I had him in the first round. Almighty God was with me.^ Ali caught Foreman nine times in the first round with this technique but failed to knock him out.
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I Am The Greatest (1964) I knew I had him in the first round.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Sonny Liston was the best boxer of his time in his prime and Ali KO'd him in the first minute of the first round.
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    .I want everyone to bear witness, I am the greatest!^ I want everyone to bear witness, I am the greatest!
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I'm the greatest thing that ever lived.^ I'm the greatest thing that ever lived.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Variant transcription: I'm the greatest thing that ever lived.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I don't have a mark on my face, and I upset Sonny Liston, and I just turned twenty-two years old.^ I'm so great I don't have a mark on my face.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I don't have a mark on my face, and I upset Sonny Liston, and I just turned twenty-two years old.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after winning the heavyweight championship, upsetting an unbeatable Sonny Liston.
    • eBay Guides - How To Buy Muhammad Ali Autographs on eBay 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC reviews.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    I must be the greatest. I showed the world. .I talk to God everyday.^ I talk to God everyday.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I shook up the world, I'm the king of the world.^ I shook up the world!"
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He indeed "Shook up the world!"
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I shook up the world.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .You must listen to me.^ You must listen to me.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    I am the greatest! I can't be beat! .
    • After defeating Sonny Liston for the first time (25 February 1964) as quoted in Sound and Fury : Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship (2007) by Dave Kindred, p.^ After defeating Sonny Liston for the first time (25 February 1964) as quoted in Sound and Fury : Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship (2007) by Dave Kindred, p.
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Boxer Muhammad Ali first won the heavyweight world championship by defeating Sonny Liston in 1964 (while still known as Cassius Clay), then became an international celebrity with his brash, cocky and ever-quotable personality.
      • Muhammad Ali Stock Certificate (Champburger Corporation ) - 1971 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.scripophily.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after winning the heavyweight championship, upsetting an unbeatable Sonny Liston.
      • eBay Guides - How To Buy Muhammad Ali Autographs on eBay 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC reviews.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      .58
    • Variant transcription: I'm the greatest thing that ever lived.^ Variant transcription: I'm the greatest thing that ever lived.
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ I'm the greatest thing that ever lived.
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .I'm so great I don't have a mark on my face.^ I'm so great I don't have a mark on my face.
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ As he said in the ring following the fight, 'I don't have a mark on my face, I upset Sonny Liston, and I just turned 22 years old.
      • Muhammad Ali - Fun Facts, Answers, Factoids, Info, Information 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.funtrivia.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Facing Ali: 15 Fighters/15 Stories is a great way of seeing Ali's mark on the world through the eyes of the boxers who fought Ali all over the Globe.
      • Muhammad Ali : The Greatest 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      .I shook up the world.
  • I think Terrell will catch hell at the sound of the bell.^ I shook up the world, I'm the king of the world.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He indeed "Shook up the world!"
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I shook up the world.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .He's going around saying that he's a championship-fighter,
    but when he meets me he fall 20 pound lighter.
    ^ He's going around saying that he's a championship-fighter, but when he meets me he fall 20 pound lighter.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .He thinks that he's the reall heavy weight champ
    but when he meets me, he'll just be a tramp
    Now I'm not sayin' just to be funny, but I'm fightin' Ernie because he needs the money.
    ^ He thinks that he's the reall heavy weight champ but when he meets me, he'll just be a tramp Now I'm not sayin' just to be funny, but I'm fightin' Ernie because he needs the money.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Just because different agencies might need proof of your name change does not mean it is not legal.
    • "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali - Video 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.metacafe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ali would not even accept your version of respect because you have just been more disrespectful to the Champ than anyone on this blog.
    • Muhammad Ali attends opening of Parkinson's center - Boxing - Yahoo! Sports 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC sports.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
  • Ain't no reason for me to kill nobody in the ring, unless they deserve it.
    • Comment after the match with Jimmy Ellis was stopped by the referee in the twelfth round (July 1971)
  • I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right.^ The champion returned to a Houston boxing ring on February 6, 1967 to fight Ernie Terrell in one of the uglier fights in boxing.
    • Muhammad Ali at AllExperts 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The only thing nutty about him is his wanting to get in the ring with you!

    ^ Video about the biggest boxing event ever.
    • Muhammad Ali : The Greatest 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me.^ That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There must have been about 70,000 people, all Muslims who came out to see him.
    • An Interview with Muhammad Ali 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.soundvision.com [Source type: General]

    .We all have to take defeats in life.
  • Last night I had a dream, When I got to Africa,
    I had one hell of a rumble.^ We all have to take defeats in life.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Statement after losing his fight to Ken Norton ( 1973 - 03-31 ) Last night I had a dream, When I got to Africa, I had one hell of a rumble.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Then, on March 31, 1973, a little-known fighter named Ken Norton broke Ali’s jaw in the second round en route to a 12-round upset decision.
    • Muhammad Ali (American boxer) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


    .I had to beat Tarzan’s behind first,
    For claiming to be King of the Jungle.
    ^ I had to beat Tarzan’s behind first, For claiming to be King of the Jungle.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Tarzan is the king of the jungle.
    • At 39, Ali Has More Points to Prove 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: Original source]


    .For this fight, I’ve wrestled with alligators,
    I’ve tussled with a whale.
    ^ For this fight, I’ve wrestled with alligators, I’ve tussled with a whale.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick (1974) .
    • Did I say that? The words of Muhammad Ali, retired boxer, 67 | Life and style | The Observer 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ I done wrassled with an alligator I done tussled with a whale Only last week I murdered a rock Injured a stone , hospitalized a brick I'm so mean I make medicine sick .
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]


    .I done handcuffed lightning
    And throw thunder in jail.
    ^ I done handcuffed lightning And throw thunder in jail.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .You know I’m bad.^ You know I’m bad.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    just last week, .I murdered a rock,
    Injured a stone, Hospitalized a brick.
    ^ I murdered a rock, Injured a stone, Hospitalized a brick.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.^ I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I done wrassled with an alligator I done tussled with a whale Only last week I murdered a rock Injured a stone , hospitalized a brick I'm so mean I make medicine sick .
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]


    .I’m so fast, man,
    I can run through a hurricane and don't get wet.
    ^ I’m so fast, man, I can run through a hurricane and don't get wet.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .When George Foreman meets me,
    He’ll pay his debt.
    ^ When George Foreman meets me, He’ll pay his debt.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .I can drown the drink of water, and kill a dead tree.^ I can drown the drink of water, and kill a dead tree.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .Wait till you see Muhammad Ali.^ See S. Muhammad Tufail's obituary for Muhammad Ali in the December, 1951, issue of the Islamic Review .
    • How Muslims Do Apologetics: - by John Warwick Montgomery 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.mtio.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As the interview came to an end we prepared to go, Muhammad Ali beckoned to us: Muhammad Ali : I want to show you something.
    • An Interview with Muhammad Ali 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.soundvision.com [Source type: General]

    ^ In the distance I could see Muhammad Ali up on the stage.

    .
  • If you were surprised when Nixon resigned, just watch what happens when I whup Foreman's behind!^ This, a clip from When We Were Kings, the documentary about Ali's 1974 championship bout with George Foreman in Kinshasa that came to be known as the "Rumble in the Jungle."

    ^ And then, just like that, you just happened to drive by.

    ^ ROBERTS: That's George Foreman talking about The Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire in 1974 from the documentary, "Facing Ali."
    • What It's Like To Be 'Facing Ali' : NPR 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.npr.org [Source type: General]

    .
    • Comment prior to the "Rumble in the Jungle" (30 October 1974) as documented in When We Were Kings (1996)
  • You been hearing about how bad I am since you were a little kid with mess in your pants!^ How did you feel about this?
    • An Interview with Muhammad Ali 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.soundvision.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Main article: Rumble in the Jungle In one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, Ali regained his title on October 30, 1974 by defeating champion George Foreman in their bout in Kinshasa, Zaire.
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    ^ And I thought - how interesting, making a statement about what you believe is like...
    • Muhammad Ali – Author Profile and Information & Video at Simon & Schuster 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC authors.simonandschuster.com [Source type: General]

    .Tonight, I'm gonna whip you till you cry like a baby.^ Tonight, I'm gonna whip you till you cry like a baby.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • To George Foreman before the start of the "Rumble in the Jungle" as the referee is giving them instructions (30 October 1974).
  • That's the only way you gonna save this sucker.^ Then, on 30 October 1974, he dethroned George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight championship of the world.

    ^ That's the only way you gonna save this sucker.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To George Foreman before the start of the "Rumble in the Jungle" as the referee is giving them instructions (30 October 1974).
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    He's doomed. .
    • Comment prior to the "Rumble in the Jungle" about George Foreman prior to the fight, when referee Clayton warned Ali that if he didn't stop talking he would stop the fight.^ Boxing Tribute - Rumble in the jungle - Foreman vs Ali .
      • Muhammad Ali : The Greatest 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ The "Rumble in the Jungle" was Ali's finest hour.
      • Muhammad Ali : The Greatest 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Comment prior to the "Rumble in the Jungle" about George Foreman prior to the fight, when referee Clayton warned Ali that if he didn't stop talking he would stop the fight.
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
      • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .(30 October 1974).
  • Age is whatever you think it is.^ Then, on 30 October 1974, he dethroned George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight championship of the world.

    ^ Ali regained his title on October 30, 1974 by defeating champion George Foreman in their bizarre bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, hyped as "The Rumble In The Jungle".
    • Muhammad Ali at AllExperts 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ali regained his title on October 30, 1974 by defeating champion George Foreman in their bizarre bout in Kinshasa, Zaire.
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

    .You are as old as you think you are.^ You are as old as you think you are.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • As quoted in Jet magazine Vol. .58, NO. 1 (August 1992)
  • Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?^ Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?
    • Obama sucker punches Muhammad Ali -notmytribe.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC notmytribe.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I ask you, what country is called Negro?

    ^ So we ask why should we run in Mexico only to crawl home?
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    .No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.^ No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.
    • Obama sucker punches Muhammad Ali -notmytribe.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC notmytribe.com [Source type: General]

    .This is the day when such evils must come to an end.^ This is the day and age when such evil injustice must come to an end."
    • Muhammad Ali: The Greatest of all Time 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.solcomhouse.com [Source type: News]

    ^ This is the day when such evils must come to an end.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Obama sucker punches Muhammad Ali -notmytribe.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC notmytribe.com [Source type: General]

    .I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars.^ I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Obama sucker punches Muhammad Ali -notmytribe.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC notmytribe.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .But I have said it once and I will say it again.^ But I have said it once and I will say it again.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Obama sucker punches Muhammad Ali -notmytribe.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC notmytribe.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The real enemy of my people is here.^ The real enemy of my people is here…..
    • Obama sucker punches Muhammad Ali -notmytribe.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC notmytribe.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The real enemy of my people is here.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He said real quiet, ‘Let’s go on over here.’ And he led the way to a table and the people hung back.

    .I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.
    If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow.^ If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people, they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow.
    • Obama sucker punches Muhammad Ali -notmytribe.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC notmytribe.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Muhammad Ali - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs.^ I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs.
    • Obama sucker punches Muhammad Ali -notmytribe.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC notmytribe.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Standing up for Beliefs [67 words] .
    • Muhammad Ali v. George W. Bush :: Daniel Pipes 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.danielpipes.org [Source type: General]

    .So I’ll go to jail, so what?^ I wake up happy, I go to bed happy, and if I go to jail I’ll go to jail happy.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ So I’ll go to jail, so what?
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ So I’ll go to jail, so what?
    • Obama sucker punches Muhammad Ali -notmytribe.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC notmytribe.com [Source type: General]

    .We’ve been in jail for 400 years.^ We’ve been in jail for 400 years.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We’ve been in jail for 400 years.” .
    • Obama sucker punches Muhammad Ali -notmytribe.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC notmytribe.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • If Ali says a mosquito can pull a plow, don't ask how.^ Marqusee, Redemption Song, 221.
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Back to home page International Socialist Review Issue 33, January–February 2004 Revolt of the Black athlete The hidden history of Muhammad Ali .
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Marqusee, Redemption Song, 197-198.
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    Hitch him up. .
  • Religions all have different names, but they all contain the same truths.^ They are all different ways to the same goal.
    • How Muslims Do Apologetics: - by John Warwick Montgomery 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.mtio.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Muhammad Ali 5 Greatest Heavyweight of all time....almost certainly.
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman.
    • Boxing - Muhammad Ali 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.secondsout.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ... .I think the people of our religion should be tolerant and understand people believe different things.
  • What's really hurting me, the name Islam is involved, and Muslim is involved and causing trouble and starting hate and violence.^ History Historical Islam Islamic muslim] .
    • Free Muhammad Ali Essays 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.123helpme.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The Ahmadiyya movement is "the only Moslem group seriously trying to convert Western Christians"; 15 that this should produce inter-Muslim conflict is understandable when one recalls the historic apathy of Islam to nonviolent propagation of the faith.
    • How Muslims Do Apologetics: - by John Warwick Montgomery 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.mtio.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He is a devout Sunni Muslim, and travels the world over, lending his name and presence to hunger and poverty relief, supporting education efforts of all kinds, promoting adoption and encouraging people to respect and better understand one another.
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali at AllExperts 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: General]

    ... Islam is not a killer religion. ... .Islam means peace, I couldn't just sit home and watch people label Muslims as the reason for this problem.^ This is because it is the religion of compassion, justice and peace, and it enjoins the Muslims to uphold the mercy in its most sublime meaning.
    • Whyislam.org Forums: Prophet Muhammad�s Love for All Beings 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC whyislam.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Cassius Clay, Jr., was given the name Muhammad Ali by Muslim patriarch Elijah Muhammad ; it was not just a name, but a title meaning "beloved of Allah," deity of the Muslim faith.
    • Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Muhammad Ali 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.gale.cengage.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Kafir doesn’t necessarily mean non-Muslim,” Gus Dur said, but rather unbelievers who attacked Islam, in that context nonbelievers in Mecca.

    .
    • As quoted in "Muhammad Ali Defends His Religion" by Lisa L. Colangelo and Clem Richardson in New York Daily News (21 September 2001), p.^ I think the new gossip scandal is going to be “Angelina Jolie leaving Brad for Muhammad Ali”.
      • Cele|bitchy » Blog Archive » Angelina Jolie gets drunk with Muhammad Ali, criticizes Darfur policies 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.celebitchy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Robert Ernest Hume, The World's Living Religions , rev. (New York: Scribner, 1924), p.
      • How Muslims Do Apologetics: - by John Warwick Montgomery 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.mtio.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ 'Sojourner Truth, Muhammad Ali , Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and El Hag Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X) all took on new names as adults.'
      • Muhammad Ali – Author Profile and Information & Video at Simon & Schuster 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC authors.simonandschuster.com [Source type: General]

      .34
  • I'm retiring because there are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.^ I just beat people up.
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC everything2.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali@Everything2.com 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.everything2.com [Source type: General]

    ^ But there are more than a few rappers in Ali's corner, including Public Enemy's Chuck D, a well-respected elder statesman of hip-hop.
    • Was Muhammad Ali the first rapper? 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.azcentral.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He wrote, “If capital punishment were to be applied in Indonesia, there would be more than 20 million people killed because of their conversion from Islam to Christianity since 1965.” Therefore, he urged reform in Islamic law in accordance with time and place.

    • As quoted in Secrets of Power Persuasion for Salespeople (2003) by Roger Dawson , p. .192
  • Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.^ "Truth is, I'd like to rumble with that sucker again -- beat him up piece by piece and mail him back to Jesus," Frazier wrote in his 1996 autobiography, "Smokin' Joe."
    • Thrilla: An exhausting, excruciating epic - Boxing - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC sports.espn.go.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Known as "Smokin' Joe" because of his style of constantly boring in and throwing punches, Frazier didn't have a great knockout punch, but he wore opponents down with his relentless attack.
    • Boxing Gifts: cassius clay, muhammad ali pictures, ali autographed boxing glove, display cases for gloves, sonny liston pictures, manny pacman autograph, boxing memorabilia, pictures of ali and liston, muhammad ali boxing trunks, manny pacquiao photos 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.sportsgalleryweb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ali lost to Joe Frazier in 1971 in an attempt to win back his title.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife.^ At the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 2, 2007, Ali was an honorary captain for the Louisville Cardinals wearing their white jersey, number 19.
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Muhammad Ali Center * Antonio Inoki * BBC Sports Personality of the Century Award * List of famous Louisvillians * List of heavyweight boxing champions * List of male boxers * List of notable boxing rivalries * List of WBC world champions * List of WBA world champions * Notable boxing families .
    • Muhammad Ali at AllExperts 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ali was quoted in an AP article that she apologized to boxing fans including former South African President Nelson Mandela, for the brevity of the fight.
    • Women's Boxing - Laila Ali 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.womenboxing.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • As quoted in "Ali's Quotes" at BBC Sport : Boxing (17 January 2007)
  • It's just a job.^ At the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 2, 2007, Ali was an honorary captain for the Louisville Cardinals wearing their white jersey, number 19.
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Muhammad Ali Center * Antonio Inoki * BBC Sports Personality of the Century Award * List of famous Louisvillians * List of heavyweight boxing champions * List of male boxers * List of notable boxing rivalries * List of WBC world champions * List of WBA world champions * Notable boxing families .
    • Muhammad Ali at AllExperts 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ali was quoted in an AP article that she apologized to boxing fans including former South African President Nelson Mandela, for the brevity of the fight.
    • Women's Boxing - Laila Ali 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.womenboxing.com [Source type: General]

    .Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand.^ Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand.
    • Muhammad Ali’s Top 5 Tips for Punching Through the Wall 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.positivityblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I beat people up.^ Let's not forget that Ali beat people up and inflicted brain damage on them as his livelihood and way of life for years.

    ^ I beat people up.” .
    • Muhammad Ali’s Top 5 Tips for Punching Through the Wall 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.positivityblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
    • As quoted in "Ali's Quotes" at BBC Sport : Boxing (17 January 2007)
  • I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest.^ At the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 2, 2007, Ali was an honorary captain for the Louisville Cardinals wearing their white jersey, number 19.
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ali was quoted in an AP article that she apologized to boxing fans including former South African President Nelson Mandela, for the brevity of the fight.
    • Women's Boxing - Laila Ali 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.womenboxing.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Muhammad Ali Center * Antonio Inoki * BBC Sports Personality of the Century Award * List of famous Louisvillians * List of heavyweight boxing champions * List of male boxers * List of notable boxing rivalries * List of WBC world champions * List of WBA world champions * Notable boxing families .
    • Muhammad Ali at AllExperts 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC en.allexperts.com [Source type: General]

    .Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round
    • As quoted in "Ali's Quotes" at BBC Sport : Boxing (17 January 2007)
  • Allah is the Greatest.^ I’ll knock em out!

    ^ At the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 2, 2007, Ali was an honorary captain for the Louisville Cardinals wearing their white jersey, number 19.
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Ali knock out two largely unknown opponents, Belgian stonecutter Jean-Pierre Coopman and English boxer Richard Dunn.
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

    .I'm just the greatest boxer.
  • I'd like for them to say he took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness.^ Muhammad Ali 5 Ali was and still is the greatest.
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Muhammad Ali 5 Muhmmand Ali, was most deffinetly the greatest boxer OF HIS TIME!!!
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Muhammad Ali 5 He's the greatest i don't need to say anymore .
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    .He took one quart of laughter, one pinch of concern, and then, he mix willlingness with happiness, he added lots of faith, and he stired it up well, then he spreads it over his span of a lifetime, and he served it to each and every deserving person he met.^ For his M.A., he took up English as his subject and was one of the five candidates out of twenty-three, declared successful in the examination.
    • The Biography of Hazrat Ameer (Head) Maulana Muhammad Ali Sahib 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.aaiil.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Despite his gold medal and a string of victories leading up to his challenge, no one took him serious.
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    ^ We were one-thousand-and-four-hundred persons on the day of Al-Hudaibiya (Treaty), and (at) Al-Hudaibiya (there) was a well.
    • Some of the Miracles of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( sallalahi alaihi Wa sallam) « Islamic Times and Reflections 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC xeniagreekmuslimah.wordpress.com [Source type: Original source]

The Soul of a Butterfly (2004)

Spirituality is recognizing the divine light that is within us all. It doesn't belong to any particular religion; it belongs to everyone.
I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding. l am still learning.
In a competition of love we'll all share in the victory, no matter who comes first.
The Soul of a Butterfly : Reflections on Life's Journey (2004) (writen with Hana Yasmeen Ali) ISBN 0743255690
.
  • Over the years my religion has changed and my spirituality has evolved. Religion and spirituality are very different, but people often confuse the two.^ The only difference is I'm persecuted for my religion.

    ^ I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The very same people that had once despised Ali were now righteously outraged that he had been unjustly denied his constitutional right to pursue his livelihood for four long years.

    Some things cannot be taught, but they can be awakened in the heart. Spirituality is recognizing the divine light that is within us all. It doesn't belong to any particular religion; it belongs to everyone.
    • p. xvi
    • .
  • We all have the same God, we just serve him differently.^ One can be forgiven for thinking that, had the options been explained differently to him, he would have chosen to serve as a different symbol that day.

    ^ They are all different ways to the same goal.
    • How Muslims Do Apologetics: - by John Warwick Montgomery 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.mtio.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ After all Frazier beat him on points in the Fight of the Century and was just shaded by Ali in Manila.
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    .Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names, but they all contain water.^ They are all different ways to the same goal.
    • How Muslims Do Apologetics: - by John Warwick Montgomery 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.mtio.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The woman was standing and watching all that which they were doing with her water.
    • Some of the Miracles of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ( sallalahi alaihi Wa sallam) « Islamic Times and Reflections 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC xeniagreekmuslimah.wordpress.com [Source type: Original source]

    .So do religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times.^ They are all different ways to the same goal.
    • How Muslims Do Apologetics: - by John Warwick Montgomery 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.mtio.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ 'Sojourner Truth, Muhammad Ali , Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and El Hag Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X) all took on new names as adults.'
    • Muhammad Ali – Author Profile and Information & Video at Simon & Schuster 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC authors.simonandschuster.com [Source type: General]

    ^ In his own gentle way, he forgave those who persecuted him, remarking that the authorities did that which, at the time, they though was right.

    .It doesn't matter whether you're a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew.^ When one sees Jews greeting each other, one hears, "Shalom", and from Muslims, one hears "Salam" or "Al-salaam mu *alaikum: "Peace be upon you."

    ^ PANEL 2 NEW ANGLE - CLOSER ALI: You're a good Muslim sister.

    ^ MUSLIM: Hey, what're you doing to the brother's eyes?

    .When you believe in God, you should believe that all people are part of one family.^ I am one of you and I should participate in the work."
    • Whyislam.org Forums: Prophet Muhammad�s Love for All Beings 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC whyislam.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Furthermore, a man should not be ignored whose father is the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family, and who is the son of Ali b.
    • Imam Muhammad b. Ali al Baqir (as) 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.al-islam.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Hisham) asks you: What is it that the people eat and drink until God has finished judging them on the Day of Resurrection?
    • Imam Muhammad b. Ali al Baqir (as) 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.al-islam.org [Source type: Original source]

    .If you love God, you can't love only some of his children.
    • p.^ Prophet Muhammad said "Have mercy on people so you may receive mercy; forgive people so you may be forgiven" Islam states that God is love (hub) and there is no realm of existence where love does not manifest itself in some way.

      xvii
  • My soul has grown over the years, and some of my views have changed. .As long as I am alive, I will continue to try to understand more because the work of the heart is never done. All through my life I have been tested.^ Never did Ali look more like The Greatest of All Time than in this 1965 Heavyweight Championship bout.
    • Boxing Gifts: cassius clay, muhammad ali pictures, ali autographed boxing glove, display cases for gloves, sonny liston pictures, manny pacman autograph, boxing memorabilia, pictures of ali and liston, muhammad ali boxing trunks, manny pacquiao photos 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.sportsgalleryweb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I consider it an extraordinary day in my life and my family has never forgotten it.
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, my strength has been tested. Now my patience and endurance are being tested. Every step of the way I believe that God has been with me. .And, more than ever, I know that he is with me now.^ There are more fake Ali signatures being offered right now than authentic ones and that is pretty scary.
    • eBay Guides - How To Buy Muhammad Ali Autographs on eBay 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC reviews.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "If a guy doesn’t know how to talk to the ladies he is going to be lonely more often than he should."

    ^ Hope for Haiti Now Raised More Than $61 Million  (From MovieWeb .
    • Muhammad Ali (I) 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    .I have learned to live my life one step, one breath, and one moment at a time, but it was a long road.^ It was at one of these parties that the then eight-year-old Ali took control of the mixer and turntables and began his life long musical journey.
    • Ali Shaheed Muhammad Discography at Discogs 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ 'I love this book as it's a spiritual journey of one of my heroes' lives,'' said the Arsenal right-back.
    • Muhammad Ali – Author Profile and Information & Video at Simon & Schuster 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC authors.simonandschuster.com [Source type: General]

    ^ By my life, Abu Jafar, peace be on him, is one of the greatest scholars (ulama')."
    • Imam Muhammad b. Ali al Baqir (as) 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.al-islam.org [Source type: Original source]

    I set out on a journey of love, seeking truth, peace and understanding. l am still learning.
    • p. xix
    • .
  • Wouldn't it be a beautiful world if just 10 percent of the people who believe in the power of love would compete with one another to see who could do the most good for the most people?
    • p.^ You are one of the few people who have changed the world for the better.
      • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

      ^ It is to compete with one another in good works, in service to the community, to the environment we live in, and to the world.

      ^ Indeed, the Most High loves those Godfearing and religious souls who remember Him in the secrecy of their hearts, who do great service without fanfare, whose presence is not felt in a gathering of people and whose absence is not missed.
      • Whyislam.org Forums: Prophet Muhammad�s Love for All Beings 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC whyislam.org [Source type: Original source]

      xxiii
    • .
  • If we continue to think and live as if we belong only to different cultures and different religions, with separate missions and goals, we will always be in self-defeating competition with each other.^ The only difference is I'm persecuted for my religion.

    ^ Muhammad Ali 5 muhammad ali had accuraccy smartness and strength and speed and heart he was the greatest fighter that ever lived i mean come on now can any other boxer think of the rope a dope?
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    ^ When relating to other religions, the ulemas have a responsibility to understand the complex and different and shared aspects of religions and not be satisfied with unnecessary oversimplifications and essentialism.


    Once we realize we are all members of humanity, we will want to compete in the spirit of love.
    • p. xxiii
    • .
  • In a competition of love we'll all share in the victory, no matter who comes first.
    • p.^ The first brother internationally idolized, the pride of all people, coming forth to publicly claim allegiance to the Nation of Islam?

      ^ It was being sold by an individual with no LOA/COA. My first step after the item caught my interest was to read virtually all of the sellers feedback.
      • eBay Guides - How To Buy Muhammad Ali Autographs on eBay 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC reviews.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ When the train whistled and started moving he started up from his chair and with shaking legs and hands said goodbye to all who had come to see him off.
      • The Biography of Hazrat Ameer (Head) Maulana Muhammad Ali Sahib 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC www.aaiil.org [Source type: Original source]

      xxiv
    • .
  • To make America the greatest is my goal,
    So I beat the Russians, and I beat the Pole,
    and for the USA won the medal of gold.^ And for the USA won the medal of Gold.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To make America the greatest is my goal .
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In an attempt to obtain an interview with his hero, he wrote to Ali thus: “Muhammad…you have been my hero since you won a gold medal in Rome in 1960…Your stand on the Vietnam War inspired me and my generation.
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]


    .Italians said: "You're Greater than the Cassius of old´´.^ The Greeks said you’re better than the Cassius of Old.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I know things didn't work out between you and Cassius, but he's 27 years younger than you.

    ^ CLAY: You're 47, I'm 18 -- I don't wanna fight when I'm old!


    .We like your name, we like your game,
    So make Rome your home if you will.
    ^ Blessed is Your Name and exalted is Your Majesty, and there is nothing worthy of worship except You.

    ^ And I thought - how interesting, making a statement about what you believe is like...
    • Muhammad Ali – Author Profile and Information & Video at Simon & Schuster 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC authors.simonandschuster.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You can legally change your name "at will" by usage of that name.
    • "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali - Video 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.metacafe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


    .I said I appreciate your kind hospitality,
    But the USA is my country still,
    'Cause they're waiting to welcome me in Louisville.
    ^ They’re still filthy with money.
    • Cele|bitchy » Blog Archive » Angelina Jolie gets drunk with Muhammad Ali, criticizes Darfur policies 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.celebitchy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ To me, the U.S.A. is still the best country in the world including yours.

    ^ I want you to know you’re my hero,” the man says, still hanging back behind his wife, obviously embarrassed by his emotions.
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Poem written after winning the gold medal in the 1960 Olympic Summer Games in Rome, Italy, p.^ The Olympic Gold Medal hangs from his neck.

      ^ As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
      • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Whether this is true is still debated, although he was given a replacement medal at a basketball intermission during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta , where he lit the torch to start the games.
      • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

      .35
  • Since I won't let the critics seal my fate, they
    keep hollering I'm full of hate.^ I say I want to be with my own people and don't want to integrate, they say I'm teaching to hate!


    .But they don't really hurt me none, 'cause
    I'm doing good and having fun.
    ^ Now, don't get me wrong, Ali was really good.
    • "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali - Video 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.metacafe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Whether they're standing up for you or not, you feel by association that - and Ali was doing it in front of the entire world, and people really underestimate the power of that.
    • What It's Like To Be 'Facing Ali' : NPR 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.npr.org [Source type: General]

    • "Still the Greatest", p. .109
  • There live a great man named Joe
    who was belittled by a loudmouth foe.^ "Man, I am glad you were there to chant my name that night!

    ^ CLAY: (thought balloon) "Cassius Marcelus Clay" was a Kentucky white man who owned my great-grandaddy and named my great- grandaddy after him.

    ^ But for the intuitive as well as the perceptive observer, even in the very beginning of Muhammad Ali’s career, there was something about the young man that forecasted greatness over and above boxing.
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]


    While his rival would taunt and tease
    Joe silently bore the stings.
    And then fought like gladiator in the ring.
    • "The Silent Warrior", dedicated to Joe Frazier and his family, p. .112
  • For every struggle that Joe survived,
    For every dispute he endured, to rise,
    Joe will go down in history
    as a model for champions to come.^ There was no way he was going to win the fight, and I think Eddie wanted to spare Joe the humiliation of being knocked down or knocked out.
    • Thrilla: An exhausting, excruciating epic - Boxing - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC sports.espn.go.com [Source type: News]

    .While Frazier was a man of few words,
    Ali was a world of mouth,
    but he found his place in history.
    ^ Ali is a great man [55 words] .
    • Muhammad Ali v. George W. Bush :: Daniel Pipes 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.danielpipes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Ignoring Ali & history [209 words] .
    • Muhammad Ali v. George W. Bush :: Daniel Pipes 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.danielpipes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Often referred to as “the man you loved to hate,” George could incite the crowd with a few heated remarks, and Ali followed suit.
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]


    Now his heart can express him well.
    .Joe Frazier was a silent warrior,
    whom Ali silently admired.
    ^ This 60-minute DVD doesn’t get anywhere close to Ali’s latter day bouts with the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman.
    • Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami on DVD / TV Shows on DVD Reviews / TV DVDs 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.tvparty.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Muhammad Ali, one half of the greatest rivalry in boxing’s rich history, the other half of course, being “Smoking” Joe Frazier.
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    ^ MUHAMMAD ALI JOE FRAZIER signed auto COA boxing RARE .


    .One could not rise without the other.^ It seems that the ulemas of the Council believe that the means of keeping a Muslim healthy can be anything, including yoga, but the one without other “religious” elements.

    ^ He believed his life could change other lives, that his fate was linked to the fate of the masses, that if he won a fight, that could motivate a derelict to rise out of the gutter.” [49] .
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    • "The Silent Warrior", p. 114

Misattributed

.
  • How do you feel about Hitler sharing yours?^ And I thought - how interesting, making a statement about what you believe is like...
    • Muhammad Ali – Author Profile and Information & Video at Simon & Schuster 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC authors.simonandschuster.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Wake Forest basketball All-American Josh Howard said about the U.S. war on Iraq in March 2003, "it’s all over oil that’s how I feel."
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And in fact, in your previous - what you were talking about before with the economy, I mean, people often said to me, should we ban boxing?
    • What It's Like To Be 'Facing Ali' : NPR 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.npr.org [Source type: General]

    .
    • Alleged response by Ali to a reporter who asked how he felt about sharing the Islamic faith with the suspects of the World Trade Center terrorist attack, as debunked at Snopes.com.
  • My way of joking is to tell the truth.^ "I asked Joe Frazier earlier this year about Ali's declining state," Hauser said, "and he replied, with a sense of satisfaction, 'I did that to him.'
    • Thrilla: An exhausting, excruciating epic - Boxing - ESPN 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC sports.espn.go.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Initially, the well-publicized negative response to Ali’s presumed radicalism caused many people who cared for him to advise giving in to the government.
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Many sportswriters of the early 1960s reported that it was Ali’s brother, Rudy Clay , who converted to Islam first (estimating the date as 1961).
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    That's the funniest joke in the world. .
    • This is actually from Ali's autobiography "The Greatest". However, if read carefully, this quote is actually from Don King and he said it to George Foreman.^ His memories of boxing legends Muhammad Ali , George Foreman, Sonny Liston and more are available in his new book, ' Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight...
      • Muhammad Ali – Author Profile and Information & Video at Simon & Schuster 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC authors.simonandschuster.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Keep watching up to the end of this clip - Ali says something to Don King that wipes the smile off his face.
      • Muhammad Ali : The Greatest 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ His defense reflected the conservative politics of the NOI. Ali said, "I’m not going to get killed trying to force myself on people who don’t want me.
      • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

      .King was just telling Ali how he managed to convince Foreman to sign the contract.
  • No Vietnamese ever called me a nigger.^ The quote often attributed to Ali, "No Viet Cong ever called me nigger," is disputed in Hauser and does not appear in Marqusee.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No one has yet, however, attempted to show how Muhammad Ali directly and positively affected the lives of peoples and communities across the globe.
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The bout was promoted as the Thrilla in Manila [4] by Don King , who had ascended to prominence following the Ali-Foreman fight.
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    .(Sometimes quoted as "No Viet Cong ever called me a nigger."^ The quote often attributed to Ali, "No Viet Cong ever called me nigger," is disputed in Hauser and does not appear in Marqusee.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ) .
    • Ali biographer Thomas Hauser searched extensively to verify this popular quote's validity, but found no evidence of Ali actually saying it or anything resembling it, as documented in Nice Guys Finish Seventh : False Phrases, Spurious Sayings, and Familiar Misquotations (1993) by Ralph Keyes
  • If my mind can conceive it; and my heart can believe it — then I can achieve it.^ ALI: No, this is my decision.

    ^ The quote often attributed to Ali, "No Viet Cong ever called me nigger," is disputed in Hauser and does not appear in Marqusee.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This refusal led to the now-famous Ali quote, "I ain't got no quarrel with them Vietcong..."
    • "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali - Video 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.metacafe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Quotes about Ali

  • Clay is a good enough fighter, but it's unfortunate that he's a Black Muslim.^ His memories of boxing legends Muhammad Ali , George Foreman, Sonny Liston and more are available in his new book, ' Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight...
    • Muhammad Ali – Author Profile and Information & Video at Simon & Schuster 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC authors.simonandschuster.com [Source type: General]

    ^ PANEL 2 BLACK MUSLIM MEETING - Clay shakes hands with MALCOLM X. CAPTION: As does affinity for the emerging champ grow, so does his own for the Black Muslim faith.

    ^ PANEL 3 INT. GARDEN - THE FIGHT - Both fighters, Clay and Jones, return to their respective corners as the CROWD gets angry.

    .A champion should represent all sects, not one.^ Efosa Aruede of Nigeria pointed out that Ali “demonstrated to us all that medical adversity should not force one into despondence.” [33] .
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Joe Louis, as quoted in "'Living legend' still commands respect of peers" by Andrew Baker in The Daily Telegraph (15 January 2002)
  • I'd like to borrow his body for just 48 hours.^ Just like the great boxer, John Paul II commands great respect and love.” [67] .
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I’ve heard over and over why couldn’t I just be more like Joe Louis and Sugar Ray.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I'm talkin about boxers like Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Lennox Lewis, and Jack Dempsey.
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    .There are three guys I'd like to beat up, and four women I'd like to make love to.^ Ali senior doesn't belive women should Box but he loves his daughter, supports her and showed up at her fights.
    • Muhammad Ali : The Greatest 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • Clay is so young and has been misled by the wrong people... He might as well have joined the Ku Klux Klan. .
    • Floyd Patterson, as quoted in "'Living legend' still commands respect of peers" by Andrew Baker in The Daily Telegraph (15 January 2002)
  • Under the influence of Elijah Mohammad — who preached that blacks should refuse to integrate with "white devils" — Ali made a point of dating only black women and lashed out at men and women who engaged in interracial sex.^ Patterson and Ali quoted in Remnick, p.
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ali states (in his 1975 autobiography) that he threw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio River after being refused service at a ‘whites-only’ restaurant, and fighting with a white gang.
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    ^ At the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 2, 2007, Ali was an honorary captain for the Louisville Cardinals wearing their white jersey, number 19.
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    .In an interview with Playboy, he declared: "A black man should be killed if he's messing with a white woman."^ He openly condemned interracial marriage, and claimed that the white man hated the black man.

    ^ It was a war that was disproportionately killing young Black brothers and here was this beautiful, funny poetical young man standing up and saying no!
    • International Socialist Review 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.isreview.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters.
    • Muhammad Ali - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

    .When the interviewer asked about black women crossing the colour barrier, Ali responded: "Then she dies.^ About mid-way through the evening, the emcee that was in charge of the proceedings asked Ali to say a few words to the crowd.

    ^ But everybody asks me questions about the Ali fight, wherever I go in Belgium…It was the defining moment not only of my career, but of my life.” [42] .
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Davis Miller recalls a time when Ali was at a loss regarding what to do about what was asked of him, and appealed to Miller for help.
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    Kill her, too."
    .It's unlikely that a white athlete who made such remarks would receive the praise that Michael Mann heaps on Ali.^ Foreman would shock the world himself when he won the championship from Michael Moorer on November 5, 1994, twenty one years after losing his title to Ali.
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    ^ His life has been the subject of numerous films, including the Academy Award-winning documentary When We Were Kings and the Michael Mann's biopic, ALI, starring Will Smith.
    • Muhammad Ali: The Greatest of all Time 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.solcomhouse.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Malcolm X announced that Clay would be granted his “X.” That same night, Elijah Muhammad recorded a statement over the phone to be played over the radio that Clay would be renamed Muhammad (one who is worthy of praise) Ali (fourth rightly guided caliph ).
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    .He says that the fighter "personified racial pride and self-knowledge". The Playboy journalist, who interviewed the boxer, was closer to the mark when he observed of his subject: "You're beginning to sound like a carbon copy of a white racist."^ So say what you will about their celebrity or them personally but at least they’re not like most of the other famous for being famous wastes of space!
    • Cele|bitchy » Blog Archive » Angelina Jolie gets drunk with Muhammad Ali, criticizes Darfur policies 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.celebitchy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ On topic, I don’t know why people saying you’re drunk is a negative thing.
    • Cele|bitchy » Blog Archive » Angelina Jolie gets drunk with Muhammad Ali, criticizes Darfur policies 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.celebitchy.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I said, if you want to ban boxing, ban poverty, because across the board of the fighters, they came out of - they were either racially disenfranchised or economically disenfranchised, or both.
    • What It's Like To Be 'Facing Ali' : NPR 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.npr.org [Source type: General]

    ... .The transformation of Ali from a great fighter to a celebrated man of conscience and social purpose has succeeded so well because the actual history of his career has been altered to reflect the kinder, gentler man of today.^ Ali is a great man [55 words] .
    • Muhammad Ali v. George W. Bush :: Daniel Pipes 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.danielpipes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Cassius Clay/Ali was a great fighter.
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Muhammad Ali 5 This man was just great.
    • Muhammad Ali - Reviews on RateItAll 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: General]

    Unpleasant remarks or facts from the past have been swept away or excused. ... .A more historically accurate appraisal of Ali would conclude that he was far from heroic outside the ring and was pitifully misused by his masters in the Nation of Islam.^ Muhammad Ali’s real name was Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. When Clay joined the National of Islam in he changed his name to Muhammad Ali, in line with his newfound religious beliefs.

    ^ Ali’s own version is that he would sneak into Nation of Islam meetings through the backdoor roughly three years before he fought Sonny Liston.
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Sugar Ray Leonard, the great middleweight champion, also concluded that Ali was more than a boxer, while he was just a fighter.
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]

    .For his purposes, Elijah hijacked the impressionable young man's career and filled his head with racist nonsense.^ But for the intuitive as well as the perceptive observer, even in the very beginning of Muhammad Ali’s career, there was something about the young man that forecasted greatness over and above boxing.
    • Muhammad Ali: Exemplar to the World 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.americansc.org.uk [Source type: Original source]


    .By the time he finally broke free of the old Nation of Islam, in the 1970s, his career was in its last stages.^ At the time, The Nation of Islam—of which Malcolm X was a member—was labeled as a hate group by most of the media.
    • Muhammad Ali « Muhammad Ali News 28 January 2010 0:31 UTC weews.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

    .He continued to fight long past his prime, in part to recover the money and time he had lost in his misadventures with the Black Muslims.^ Still a practicing and devout Muslim, he travels extensively and contributes time and money to several humanitarian causes, including helping feed the hungry worldwide.

    ^ And now it's mostly Hispanic and, you know, Mexican - sorry, Puerto Rican and Mexican that end up fighting, and of course blacks continue to fight.
    • What It's Like To Be 'Facing Ali' : NPR 2 February 2010 9:09 UTC www.npr.org [Source type: General]

    ^ The predictions continued for a long time and seldom did they not come true.

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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942) was an American boxer. He has become one of the most famous boxers in the world with his "rope-a-dope" technique. He is also well known for his clever rhymes. In 1999, Ali was named "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated magazine. He won the World Heavyweight Boxing championship three times. Ali has also won an Olympic gold medal for boxing during the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy.

Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was named after his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr. Ali changed his name after converting to Islam in 1975. Because of his Islamic beliefs, Ali would not fight in the Vietnam War when the army tried drafting him. He was sent to jail because of this. Ali retired from boxing in 1981. In the early 1980s, it was found out that Ali had Parkinson's disease. Now he is well known for his social work and charity. Muhammad Ali has been married four times and has seven daughters and two sons. One of his sons is adopted.



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