Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali


1/17/1942, Louisville, Kentucky, United States



Birth Name

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.



Also Known As

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., Cassius Clay
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Three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, known for his lyrical charm and boasts as much as for his powerful fists, has moved far beyond the boxing ring in both influence and purpose. Ali won an Olympic gold medal and later tossed it into a river because he…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • When Muhammad Ali appeared at the 1996 Olympics to light the flame, he was also given a new gold medal to replace the one that he threw into a river back in his early boxing years.

    • On June 5, 2007, Muhammad Ali received an honorary Doctorate of the Humanities from Princeton University.

    • Muhammad Ali wrote the foreword for the book Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul.

    • Muhammad Ali suffers from aviophobia (fear of flying). Although he has flown many times in the past.

    • Muhammad Ali suffers from Parkinson's Syndrome which was brought on by the numerous blows to the side and back of the head and neck during his boxing career.

    • Muhammad Ali alleged that Liston put some foreign substance on his gloves in their first fight which caused him to go partially blind in the ring.

    • Muhammad Ali is the father of female professional boxer Laila Ali. She is his youngest daughter.

    • Awards;

      Olympic Gold Medal in boxing, 1960.
      Six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles. National Golden Gloves titles, 1959-60. World Heavyweight Championship, 1964-67, 1974-78, 1978-79.
      U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, inductee, 1983.
      Named the greatest heavyweight champion of all time, Ring Magazine, 1987. International Boxing Hall of Fame, inductee, 1990.
      Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Award, Lifetime Achievement, 1992.
      Muhammad Ali Museum, Louisville Galleria, opened 1995.
      Essence Award, 1997.

    • Muhammad Ali won his first professional fight against Tunney Hunsaker on October 29, 1960.

    • Cassius Clay was given the name 'Muhammad Ali' by the leader of the Muslim Nation, Elijah Muhammad, who revealed the name to Ali as "his true name", The adoption of this name symbolized his new identity as a Muslim, and he retained the name even after his later conversion to Sunni Islam.

    • Muhammad Ali learned early from the outrageous bad-guy wrestler, Gorgeous George, that it could pay to be hated. Ali said "I saw fifteen thousand people coming to see this man get beat, and his talking did it. I said, this is a gooood idea!" Then Ali refined that talking concept to what has been referred to as The Louisville Lip.

    • Muhammad Ali was inactive for three and a half years while fighting his draft evasion case in court. These three and a half years were during his prime.

    • Muhammad Ali, when he stopped Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight Title, Liston had not lost a fight in over 10 years.

    • Muhammad Ali had an impressive amateur boxing record of 127 wins and only 5 defeats.

    • Muhammad Ali was convicted in June, 1967, of violating the Selective Service Act (knowingly and willfully refusing to report for and submit to induction into the armed forces), and was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $100,000. On appeal, Ali claimed he was denied due process because the ratio of blacks on draft boards did not reflect their ratio in the population. But, the three member Presidential Draft Board, formed by President Lyndon Johnson to prevent such scenarios (and included a black member) ruled his objection was invalid, and that he was not entitled to conscientious objector status as a minister of the Islamic Religion (what he stated as his profession). Moreover, in an April, 1966 letter to his local draft board, Ali protested that two years of military service would cause him serious financial loss in being unable to pursue his livelihood as a boxer, NOT as a minister.

    • Muhammad Ali's bout with massive underdog Chuck Wepner inspired Sylvester Stallone to create Rocky Balboa, while the character Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers) was based on Ali himself.

    • Muhammad Ali's record is:
      56 WINS
      5 LOSES
      0 DRAWS
      37 KO's.

    • Muhammad Ali was the first boxer in history to regain the Heavyweight Championship three times, by defeating the same boxer he lost the championship to.

    • In 1954 in Louisville, Kentucky, 12-year-old Cassius Marcellus Clay's bike was stolen while he and a friend were at the Columbia Auditorium.
      Young Cassius found a cop in a gym, Joe Martin, and boiling with youthful rage, told Martin he was going to "whup" whoever stole his bike. Martin admonished, "You better learn to box first." Within weeks, 89-pound Cassius had his first bout - his first win.

      Muhammad Ali said this was the reason he started boxing and that if his bike was never stolen, he may never of been where he was now.

    • In 2001, The movie ALI was released. The star of the film was Will Smith. When Smith got the role, he refused to act out "Ali" because it was an insult to Muhammad Ali therefor he began training like a real boxer, 8 hours a day for a year. His training included sparring with boxing legend Suger Ray Leonard as well as numerous other professional boxing champions.

    • Muhammad Ali is a vegetarian.

    • Muhammad Ali is the proud dad of nine children. Seven girls and two boys.

    • Muhammad Ali's trademark phrase: "Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee".

  • Quotes

    • Muhammad Ali: It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

    • Ali: It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

    • Muhammad Ali: If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.

    • Muhammad Ali: I am tired of talking.

    • Muhammad Ali: I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."

    • Muhammad Ali: Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn't choose it, and I didn't want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name — it means beloved of God — and I insist people use it when speaking to me and of me.

    • Muhammad Ali: God gave me this illness to remind me that I'm not number One; he is.

    • Muhammad Ali: Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.

    • Muhammad Ali: If you even dreamed of beating me, you'd better wake up and apologize.

    • Muhammad Ali: To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are.

    • Muhammad Ali: Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.

    • Muhammad Ali: Got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a nigger.

    • Muhammad Ali: I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.

    • Muhammad Ali: Ain't no reason for me to kill nobody in the ring, unless they deserve it.

    • Muhammad Ali: Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wild Life.

    • Muhammad Ali: Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I'm not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn't have to draft me, I'd join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I'll go to jail, so what? We've been in jail for 400 years.

    • Muhammad Ali (Prior to a boxing match with Floyd Patterson): I'll beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.

    • Muhammad Ali: Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.

    • Muhammad Ali: At home I am a nice guy - but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.

    • Muhammad Ali: I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.

    • Muhammad Ali: I won a gold medal representing the USA at the Olympic games in 1960, but when I came home I still got treated like a nigger. There were restaurants I couldn't get served in. Some people kept calling me 'boy'.

    • Muhammad Ali: I never said I was the smartest, I said I was the greatest.

    • Muhammad Ali: Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

    • Muhammad Ali: He's too ugly to be the champ!

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

    • Muhammad Ali: I'm not the greatest, I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round.

  • mhammad ali perhaps the greatest boxer to ever step into the ring.

    mhammad ali is perhaps the all time greatest boxer three time world champion and olypic gold metalist and he fought for what he belived in . he knocked out tons of people over the years and he retired after acomplishing so much but then he came back but it was sad for him to come back becasue he was not as good and he had gotten older. he was activist and fought for islamic rights in the country he was man influced by malcom X. he was so discussed he through his medal in the water. but yeah he was still great man that has had movies and lots of documentrys made about him. and even books . ali was a iconic figure big time sorta what michled did for basketball. so that is why i consider him the greatest boxer ever he did things that were really great in the ring and even out of the ringmoreless
  • My Favorite boxer ever.

    Muhammad Ali b. January 17, 1942 was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, nicknamed "The Greatest", is a retired American boxer. He is considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, as well as one of the world's most famous individuals on the earth, renowned the world over for his boxing and political activism. In 1999, he was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century.

    He sadly now suffers from parkinsons syndrome, brought on by the numberous blows the the side and back of the neck, Ali believes "God gave me this illness to remind me that I'm not Number One, he is"moreless