Muhammad Ali: His Life Journy & Career Highlights
1942 - 2016
He Has been called The Greatest, The People's Champion, The Louisville Lip and many other names. Born as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. and Changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He was without any shade of a doubt one of the greatest, more colorful boxing fighters in the 20th century:
Life & Career Highlights:
Ali was a dedicated activist who fought for justice and human rights across the globe. He received the presidential medals of Citizens & Freedom from two different presidents. His humanitarian efforts and athletic achievements were also rewarded by Princeton University with a doctorate degree. His contribution to the entertainment industry was rewarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
Ali was known for his ability of "talking trash" towards his opponents and come up with insulting nicknames for them. 3 Times World Heavyweight Champion, With the total of 61 professional fights, 56 wins, 37 of them by knockouts and only 5 losses.
Some of his quotes became a part of our culture and are now forever written in the pages of boxing history:
"It's not bragging if you can back it up."
"I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."
"Don't count the days, make the days count."
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
"It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am."
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."
"The man who has no imagination has no wings."
"I said I was 'The Greatest,' I never said I was the smartest! "
"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize."
Ali converted to Islam at the age of 18 and saw it as a religion of peace. He said that Islam "does not promote terrorism or killing people" and just last year he called all non-radical Muslims to stand up to terror.
We hope this post will be of value to anyone interested in the life of one the worlds greatest fighters, who was also a remarkable human being.