Muhammad Ali – The Legend is no more among us, this is black day for the world boxing. Ali was just 74, not that old to leave the world; he was suffering from disease which led to his death. For over 32 years Muhammad suffered from Parkinson’s which is a progressive neurological condition. This disease robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity. A funeral service is planned in his hometown Louisville, Kentucky.
Ali died at Phoenix area hospital where he spent past few days being treated for his respiratory complications. Even as his health declined, Ali did not shy from politics or controversy, releasing a statement in December criticizing republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering United States. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda” he said.
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay on Jan 17th, 1942 in Louisville, to middle class family. Ali stated boxing at an age of 12, he won golden gloves title before heading to Olympics in Rome and won gold medal in light heavyweight and became champion. He was named as Muhammad Ali “The Greatest”, People’s Champion, The Louisville Lip by the fans. He eventually retired on 1981, winning 56 fights of 61 and winning light heavyweight in Olympics for three times. He also wrote several best-selling books about his career including very famous The Greatest: My Own Story and Soul of a Butterfly.
Muhammad Ali’s Boxing Career
Won Olympic light-heavyweight gold in 1960
Turned professional that year and was world heavyweight champion from 1964 to 1967, 1974 to 1978 and 1978 to 1979
Had 61 professional bouts, winning 56 (37 knockouts, 19 decisions), and losing five (4 decisions, 1 retirement)
Tributes to Ali
“It’s a sad day for life, man. I loved Muhammad Ali, he was my friend. Ali will never die. Like Martin Luther King his spirit will live on, he stood for the world.” -Don King, who promoted many of Ali’s fights, including the Rumble in the Jungle
“Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest human beings I have ever met. No doubt he was one of the best people to have lived in this day and age.” -George Foreman, Ali’s friend and rival in the Rumble in the Jungle
“There will never be another Muhammad Ali. The black community all around the world, black people all around the world, needed him. He was the voice for us. He’s the voice for me to be where I’m at today.” -Floyd Mayweather, world champion boxer across five divisions.
Many famous personalities said good words for him. He always faced rivals in ring and not enemies. Many inspirational quotes are written by this legend that inspired human and showed them right path of the life. He took boxing at such high level that anyone can only imagine about. May his good soul rest in peace.
Muhammad Ali’s Quotes
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t.
“I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.”
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.”
“I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was.”
. “Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”