Thursday, May 08, 2008

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

There have been countless debates throughout the years about who was the best boxer of all time. I have been in many of these debates with my friends. I have my opinion they have theirs. To me Ali was and is the greatest fighter i have ever watched. Being a former athlete and coach, i think i can speak with just a little bit of authority here. Ali's quickness with his feet and hands was unbelievable. I have watched some of his videos over and over. Some of the punches he threw i would watch in slow motion, otherwise i would miss seeing half of them. Watching his feet move was like watching the best ballet dancer in the world. In addition to his speed, I honestly don't think that there has been a smarter boxer in the ring than Ali. For these 3 reasons there is no doubt in my mind that Ali is the greatest boxer of all time.

A study of Ali's life can be found at Wikipedia, which i have included below. Also some reference links and YouTube videos of his career. Enjoy.

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942) is a retired American boxer and former three-time World Heavyweight Champion and winner of an Olympic Light-heavyweight gold medal. In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and the BBC.
Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was named after his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr., who was named for the 19th century abolitionist and politician Cassius Clay. Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converted to Sunni Islam in 1975 and then Sufism.[1]
1 Biography
1.1 Fighting style
1.2 Early life
1.3 Amateur career; Olympic gold
1.4 Early professional career
1.5 First title fight
1.6 Religion
1.7 Vietnam War
1.8 The Fight of the Century
1.9 The Rumble in the Jungle
1.10 Second reign
1.11 Thrilla in Manila
1.12 Late career
1.13 Ali's legacy
1.14 In retirement
2 Ranking in heavyweight history
3 Personal life
4 Ali in the media and popular culture
5 Professional boxing championship accomplishments
6 Professional boxing record
7 See also
8 Notes
9 References

External links

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
Muhammad Ali
Top Ali Fight Photos from Sports Illustrated
Muhammad Ali at the Internet Movie Database
Muhammad Ali news archiveLouisville Courier-Journal (MAPC)
Muhammad Ali - Art of boxing — United Athletes Magazine
Muhammad Ali's profile at
Professional boxing record for Muhammad Ali from Boxrec
Muhammad Ali's U.S. Olympic Team bio

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Kyle & Svet Keeton said...

With out a doubt Ali was the greatest fighter of all times.

He also was not shy about telling everyone that he was the best.

I use to laugh so hard as he taunted his opponents.

Thanks for a good article.


Lilly's Life said...

Gary, I am sure if you asked non boxing followers he would be the one mentioned as the first boser that comes to mind. Then of course the other notorious boxer, for other reeasons, would be Mike Tyson. Ali was just so pretty as he used to say. Lovely face, big mouth and knew how to work the media. But he had something to crow about. Very well researched article and I completely forgot about the whole Cassius Clay existence.

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