Muhammad Ali is one of the most Quoted Athletes of all time and it is apparent why. People all around the world mimick his flashy fighting techniques but his witty and charasmatic style of speech calls for those same people, plus more, to mimick his words.
In the audio clip to the left famous icons such as HipHop artists Rakim, Jermaine Dupri, Fab 5 Freddy, MC Lyte, and Dougie Fresh; Music and Movie Mogul Spike Lee; Comedian Adam Carolla; Reverand Al Sharpton etc. quote the great Ali.
MY FAVORITE CLIP OF ALI
in the audio clip to the left the slick tounged, showboating entertainer on his side job of being a boxer, shows poetic gifts prior to the Rumble in the Jungle against George Foreman promising to show "How bad he is" in defeating George, in which he does exactly that.
Not only was Ali an Excellent Fighter and entertiner but he was a humanitarian, role model and a great person as a whole, one of the reasons so many people adhored him. To the right you can find an audio clip of Ali expressing how he would like to be remembered by the world.
Throughout battling with Parkinsons Disease (hardly being able to control his motor skills or even speak), which he got from severe head trama throughout his boxing career, Ali has somehow maintained his lovable and charasmatic personality. He has also remained a spokesperon for the Nation of Islam and is a living Icon. In the audio clip above Will Smith and Muhammad Ali speak on the occurances of 9-11.
Muhammad Ali Set many precedents inside the ring and outside the ring as a fighter but he also set precedents outside the ring. Ali's words spoke more of him than his fists.Ali was drafted to fight in the Vietnam war and refused due to his personal and religious beliefs, giving up his freedom, boxing, World Championshipand much more. In the audio clip to the left Ali explains/argues his reasons for refusing entering the war.
"My conscious won't let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn't put no dogs on me, they didn't rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father... Shoot them for what? ...How can I shoot them poor people, Just take me to jail."
"I ain't got no quarrel with the Vietcong. No Vietcong ever called me Nigger"
"No, I am not going 10,000 miles to help murder, kill, and burn other people to simply help continue the domination of white slavemasters over dark people the world over. This is the day and age when such evil injustice must come to an end"