I have seen his movie and I have seen some of his greatest fights on TV. I’m talking about Muhammad Ali, born in the United States he grew up to be one of the greatest boxer of our time.
As any man, the man evolved and changed his beliefs and his name to be a Muslim and Muhammad Ali respectively. But generally he continued to be the greatest in the ring entertaining millions on TV through his smart fighting moves. His choice of new name “Muhammad Ali” in my opinion says it all about the pride and confidence of this man, in the Muslim world the name Muhammad is significant with great admiration because it carries the connotations of the Muhammad the prophet.
I was born almost four decades later then him and therefore we certainly not in the same generation, but I heard about him at my very young age. When I heard about Nelson Mandela I also heard about him, when I heard about Martin Luther King, I also heard about him. I know little about his massive and several victories in the ring but it certainly feels like I was there when people talk about what transpired. I heard he was outspoken and he clashed with the authorities at the time when the Vietnam War was at its height in the Asian Pacific. The story goes that he refused to serve in the arm and go to war in Vietnam and that sound like a bold stand-off. There are many schools of thought as to why Muhammad Ali took this decision that was to put him at odds with the patriotic Americans. It seems the man won that round too! He did not go to war.
Well history judge us by the things we have done while living and certainly Muhammad Ali did made history in his boxing career and shape the sport. Now old and fragile, his ravaged by Parkinson Disease, the fight he has not managed to win in decades now. This is the fight that the world and the medical community as a whole together with Mohammad Ali are fighting. We are with you Ali on this fight, you are used to 15 heavyweight rounds but no matter how many rounds this will take, humanity will eventually win just like your will and spirit took you to be amongst the greatest heavyweight champions ever lived.