“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I
was.” – Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali, one of the “only” Boxing legends to have set foot
on the face of Earth, passed today. Like me, millions of his
fans will mourn his demise for days, weeks and months. After
all, it is a big big void that seems unfillable.
There are some things about him that make him rise above each
of his contemporaries’ shoulders. It would only be a tribute to
reminisce some of his legends today.
Originally named Cassius Clay, the name Muhammad Ali was
bestowed upon him by the Nation of Islam leader Elijah
Muhammad. Only 18 years old and straight out of high school,
normal kids get pensive and look for career options, Ali on the
other hand, goes to Rome and wins a light heavyweight Olympic
Gold Medal! This was the year 1960 and about time the world
started to know what force Ali will turn into.
“I don’t count my sit-ups, I only start counting when it starts
hurting when I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, because
that’s when it really counts.”
Like all great boxers, Ali also had a running rivalry with his
fellow boxers. Joe Frazier was his favorite among others to
catch on a feud. He always brought out the best him in and Ali
admitted that himself.
“Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn
around and go down the back of his head.”
Like they say, don’t be a boxer if you aren’t cocky!
Such was Ali’s popularity that even the gloves that he wore to
beat Sonny Liston, earned him more bucks than the prize money
he received from the victory itself!
Who else can recreate the magic Ali spelled when he knocked
Liston down, demanding him to get up and fight back on? Well,
if at all you come across someone who wants to know more about
Muhammad Ali, just show him this picture and you are done!
“If you dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and
R.I.P. Ali. No one can say you are at a better place now
because you made this planet your home!