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Muhammad Ali – A Celebration of Life in Photos & Quotes

Let’s take a look at his life in photos and famous quotes…

Muhammad Ali who was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on 17th January 1942 – 3rd June 3) was an exceptional professional boxer, who is generally regarded as one of the most significant heavyweight champions in the history of the sport. Early in his career, Ali was known for being an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring. He is known as one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC.

Ali (as Clay) began training at 12 years old. At the age of 22, he won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset in 1964. Shortly after that, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975. Ali retired from boxing permanently in 1981.

Let’s take a look at his life in photos and famous quotes…

1954 – Muhammad Ali at aged 12
29 October 1960 – Ali in his professional boxing debut versus Tunney Hunsaker.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Ali in 1962 – City Parks Gym, New York
1965 – Ali training in his gym.
Ali standing over a knocked down Sonny Liston 25 May 25, 1965.

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

25 Feb 1966 – Ali speaks to the Illinois Athletic Commission.
Ali singing with Johnny Carson, February 1967.
29 March 1967 Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King speak with reporters in – Louisville, Kentucky.

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

11 May 1967 – Ali speaking at an anti-war rally – University of Chicago
8 March 1971 – Heavyweight champion Joe Frazier versus Muhammad Ali in New York.
7th round of George Foreman versus Muhammad Ali “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa, Zaire

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

Joe Bugner vs Muhammad Ali at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
1 Oct 1975 – Joe Frazier vs Muhammad Ali. 14 round and Ali gives Frasier a left and right.
30 Dec 1977 Ali with his newborn daughter

I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.

29 March 1985 – Muhammad Ali with Hulk Hogan and Liberace, at Madison Square Garden ready for Wrestlemania 1
25 February 19993 Ali on a visit to Beijing
Ali holding the Olympic Torch at th Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want

1996 – Ali speaking with boxer Mike Tyson at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
1997 – Ali with Prince
21 October 1998 – Ali with Whitney Houston arriving to accept a GQ Courage Award at “Men of the Year” Awards

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

Dec 1999 – Ali in New York receiving the Sports Illustrated 20th Century Sportsman of the Century Award.
17 August 2002 – Muhammad with daughter Laila after her victory over Suzy Taylor to win the IBA Super Middleweight title.
November 2005 – Ali receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.

17 December 2005 – Muhammad Ali watching his daughter Laila fight Asa Maria Sandell in Berlin
14 September 2006 – Muhammad Ali meeting Senator Barack Obama

Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.

 It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

Muhammad Ali (74) – 17 January 1942 – 3 June 2016

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Written by Jake

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