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A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

As you all know or haven't heard, Muhammad Ali died on Friday night, June 3rd at the age of 74. He was one of the world's greatest boxing legends of all time and of our generation. Ali was a three time champion of World Boxing Association. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1942. He began his boxing career sometime in the late'50's to early '60's, when he knocked out an opponent when he was Classis Clay. That's when he chanced his name to Muhammad Ali. He fought Joe Frazier and many countless others, including "The Thrilla in Manila". I'll let you figure that one out for yourself. As of boxing was concerned, he was also a man of great integrity. He was an activist and wasn't afraid to speak his mind. He was doing interviews with Howard Cossell and many other sports reporters around the world, just to name a few. He was also a believer in his Muslim faith. Muhammad Ali was also a role model for every black athlete in sports. Whether if it's baseball, football, basketball, golf, tennis, or soccer, Ali changed the way black athletes play sports. People like Barry Bonds, Tiger Woods, Vanessa and Serena Williams, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman or Jerry Rice. They have one thing in common, they know Muhammad Ali. Every time you see him, you know that he was gonna fight with hart and soul. He was the greatest of all time. And when he retired in the late '70's, he had developed Parkenson's disease. He was still seen at basketball events and other activities, even when he had the disease. He was also an actor in his own right. He starred in several movies like "The Greatest" and a special guest role on the hit CBS Television show, "Touched By An Angel". Muhammad Ali. A man of many things more than sports. He will be missed. May God welcome you home to stay in Heaven. We will miss you, Ali.

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MegL wrote on June 5, 2016, 12:33 PM

I used to enjoy watching Cassius Clay box, even before he changed his name. I remember seeing a simulation one time of him fighting (I think) Sonny Liston who was before his time. The simulation said Sonny Liston won, but I didn't believe it - float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. RIP Muhammad Ali.