Sports Revelation

The World Continues to Mourn Muhammad Ali

The world continues to mourn Muhammad Ali. Boxing fans mourn the loss of The Champ. However, collectively the world mourns the loss of one of the greatest men ever.

Everyone knows the name Muhammad Ali. Most people my age or younger, probably first think of the many famous quotes uttered by a confident, borderline arrogant, Muhammad Ali the boxer. These quotes reflect Muhammad Ali for his self promotion, his trash talking, demonstrate his ability for great one liners, and also reflect his charm. Most casual sports fans have heard the following quotes:

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes cant see.”

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

“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”

“I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.”

However, kids should also know Muhammad Ali as the great humanitarian. People across the globe are celebrating his life for his continued campaign against repression, and for abuse of civil liberties all over the world.

Muhammad Ali used the platform of the sport of boxing to stand up against repression. For his continued work he won BBC Sportsman of the Century, GQ Athlete of the Century, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Century, and the United Nations Messengers of Peace.  Ali stood tall never wavering for his convictions. He took a stand for his beliefs and then did not hide from the consequences of his actions.

These consequences included being thrown in jail and being banned from boxing. How many athletes, or people, today would face these consequences without running? How many people today would stand up for the feeling deep in their heart and then calmly wait  to serve the sentence?

Despite Muhammad Ali not having a perfect record in the ring he is still the considered the Greatest Boxer of all time. He perfected the art of self promotion. However, he did not selfishly promote himself while setting up fights he knew were easy guaranteed victories. Hell, within a 2 year period he fought 6 times including the “Thrilla in Manilla” and the “Rumble in the Jungle.” Both of these fights, along with Ali’s fight against Joe Frazier in 1971 known as the “Fight of the Century” all rank as one of the top 5 boxing fights in the history of boxing.

Muhammad Ali should be known for being the greatest boxer of all time, but he should also be remembered for being Muhammad Ali the person. His life should be celebrated for all of the good he accomplished, all of the love he shared, and for his life work to end the abuse of civil liberties across the globe. And the quotes that should also be remember should include:

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

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

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

“A man who has no imagination has no wings.”

 

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