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The Greatest!...Muhammad Ali

Updated on September 15, 2013

The Greatest!...Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali | Source
Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali | Source

“…A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing”, Muhammad Ali

I saw a lot Television commercials these last few and it brought back many fun memories of the Champ.

Due to his health, and rightfully so, his loved ones have kept him off the spot light for years now. The Champ does have a very storied legacy and it needs to be fiercely protected. We’re talking about a man that entertained boxing fans, the media and the entire nation for years during his illustrious career.

Larry Holmes had to first make his bones as Ali's sparring partner before he deservedly got the opportunity to be Heavyweight Champion of the World. Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers…not only ruled the Heavyweight Division, they ruled the Boxing Earth and Muhammad Ali was a T-Rex.

Howard Cosell would make time in his busy schedule to attend Ali’s press conferences, and why not? The Champ loved the man and together, they were dynamite!

Cosell, “…Muhammad? What do you’ve to say to all those people that say you’re not the same fighter from ten years ago?”,

Ali, “…Well! Howard, I wasn’t going to bring it up in front of all these people, but your wife complained to us the other day that YOU! Are not the same man she married ten years ago”

Classic Stuff!

Now Boxing is as fake as Wrestling. Press Conferences are staged, boring and the good fighters dock each other for years. They even have what I like to call the "Do Over Clause". That's when two top fighters will not agree to face each other, unless their contracts include a mandatory rematch clause in the event they loose.

“…I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round”, Muhammad Ali

I’m pretty certain that the Champ never had this "Do Over Clause" in any of his contracts, and...

he never needed gimmicks or props. The Champ used the power of conversation to get his point across.

"…My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world”, Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali will always be The Greatest!

Written By: The Voice of One! Julio E. Olmo, Sr. Follow @jeolmoz2

Muhammad Ali & his Grandson...The Champ's still "The Greatest" in my book


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      Julio E Olmo Sr 20 months ago from Florida, USA

      #GOAT #MuhammadAli RIP Champ...

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      Mike Robbers 5 years ago from London

      What a man, what an undying symbol! Thanks for remembering us Ali. Voted up and shared.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I love boxing and he's a real champ. However, poor champ has to suffer to some things that are inevitable. Wonderful tribute!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I remember watching this man box. He was really talented and charming. Cosell was the one who promoted him with class. Great read and very nice tribute.

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      Adama Gidado 5 years ago

      This is a great man and a great hub!!!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      Thanks for publishing this terrific tribute to the greatest boxer of all time.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Lovely tribute to a great man, well done! :)

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      He surely is the greatest.. whichever part of the world we live in we have the greatest respect for this guy... a true legend. thanks Julio! up/shared.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Ali will remain the greatest. Boxers may come and go but none can match his finesse in the ring and unique gift of gab combination, when he was at his peak.

      He truly floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee! haha! I remember that saying so well about him. Yes he was the greatest, at the time when the sport was real and not staged, wonderful! voted and shared, nell

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      CCahill 5 years ago from England

      nice selection of quotes, i had a mohammed ali marathon all this week so far watching a dvd a night, funny you should write this hub :p

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      I.W. McFarlane 5 years ago from Philadelphia

      He a legend! I would like to always remember him the way he was before succumbing to the this uncompromising disease --- Parkinson!

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer ever who won the Liberty medal recently for his work for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom. Thanks for sharing this hub.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      He is still the greatest, and you have a great hub. GBY.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I never got into boxing, but I've always admired this man. It's too bad about his health now.

      Good Hub. I voted it UP and shared.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      A great hub on one of the greatest boxers of all time! Voted up and shared.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Muhammad Ali was a great...a pity he had Parkinsons. He sure could throw a few punches!! Thanks for the write, Julio.