Updated: Aug 24, 2021
Muhammad Ali thrilled us in the ring, and inspired us out of it. One of the most influential people in sports history, Ali was dominant in the ring against the likes of Liston and Foreman. He was even more powerful in his stance against the Vietnam war, when he gave up years of the prime of his career to take a stand against a war no one wanted.
was an American professional boxer, activist, entertainer, poet, and philanthropist. Nicknamed The Greatest, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sporting figures of the 20th century, and is frequently ranked as the best heavyweight boxer and greatest athlete of the century.
Muhammad Ali popular Quotes
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
He was involved in several historic boxing matches and feuds, most notably his fights with Joe Frazier, including the Fight of the Century (the biggest boxing event up until then) and the Thrilla in Manila, and his fight with George Foreman known as The Rumble in the Jungle, which was watched by a record estimated television audience of 1 billion viewers worldwide, becoming the world's most-watched live television broadcast at the time. Ali thrived in the spotlight at a time when many fighters let their managers do the talking, and he was often provocative and outlandish. He was known for trash-talking, and often free-styled with rhyme schemes and spoken word poetry, anticipating elements of hip hop.
He has been ranked the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, and as the greatest sportsman of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated and the Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC.
Outside the ring, Ali attained success as a spoken word artist, where he received two Grammy nominations. He also featured as an actor and writer, releasing two autobiographies. Ali retired from boxing in 1981 and focused on religion, philanthropy and activism. In 1984, he made public his diagnosis of Parkinson's syndrome, which some reports attribute to boxing-related injuries, though he and his specialist physicians disputed this. He remained an active public figure globally, but in his later years made fewer public appearances as his condition worsened, and he was cared for by his family. Ali died on June 3, 2016.
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Muhammad Ali Mural, Los Angeles
EducationCentral High School (1958)Spouse(s)
Sonji Roi (m. 1964; div. 1966)
Belinda Boyd (m. 1967; div. 1977)
Veronica Porché Ali (m. 1977; div. 1986)
Yolanda Williams (m. 1986)
Children9, including Laila AliParent(s)
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
Odessa Grady Clay
The People's Champion
The Louisville Lip
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