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Muhammad Ali: The ‘Greatest Boxer’ of all time

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“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee..” ~ Muhammad Ali

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“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee..” #RIPMuhammadAli #MuhammadAli #ThegreatestBoxer #IAmTheGreatest

A sport icon that I grew up to love and respect not just because of his accomplishments in the ring, but also of his courage of conviction and unwavering faith.  Such an outspoken, articulate and expressive man – truly one of a kind.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky was an American professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport. Early in his career, Ali was known for being a controversial and polarizing figure both in the boxing ring and out. He was 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. He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.

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“Killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila.” ~ Muhammad Ali

“Killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila.”

The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It was contested in 1975 for the Heavyweight Championship of the World at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday, October 1. Ali won by technical knockout (TKO) after Frazier’s chief second, Eddie Futch, conceded the fight prior to the 15th round. The contest’s name is derived from the frequent rhyming boast made by Ali that the fight would be a “killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila.”

The bout is consistently ranked as one of the best in the sport’s history and was the culmination of a three-bout rivalry between the two fighters that Ali won, 2–1. Ali chronicles the battle in his memoir, The Greatest: My Own Story, edited by Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison.

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