Today will be one of the world’s darkest days. Former heavy weight champion and boxing legend of American Muhammad Ali has breathed his last. The athlete who sported a great attitude and lived life on his own terms was a constant inspiration to millions of people all over the world. A self proclaimed king of greatness walked with pride throughout.
After fighting Parkinson’s disease for over four decades, Ali has called it a day at 74 years of age.
Muhammad Ali’s outspoken persona had affected individuals who sought strength and inspiration. His words were greatly followed and admired, not to forget, applied. Ali’s taken on sportsmanship, what it takes to be a fighter and grit will continue to be motivational for the decades to come.
Ali often declared himself as the “the greatest” and “the prettiest” of all time. He did not hesitate once while putting forth the best of his side to the world. Ali introduced the revolutionary notion in the 60’s that black was both powerful and beautiful.While he was ruling as the world champion in his mid twenties in 1964, Ali refused to be drafted into the U.S. Army and instead changed his name from Cassius Clay. He declared himself to be an Islamic minister with a strong mission to help his people.”I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man, I don’t have to be what you want me to be.” are some of his famous words in the media.
Fighting the paralyzing effects of Parkinson’s did not deter Ali from accomplishing things that he had wanted. The boxing legend retired in 1981, five weeks before his 40th birthday, with a record of 56 wins and 5 losses, with 37 knockouts.Ali was named a Messenger of Peace by the United Nations in 1998. UN has praised his work for the world. “Over the years Mr. Ali has been a relentless advocate for people in need and a significant humanitarian actor in the developing world, supporting relief and development initiatives and hand-delivering food and medical supplies to hospitals, street children and orphanages in Africa and Asia,” the organization said.
Muhammad Ali’s quotes will never die. They will live on and continue to amaze the world in a better way!!
Rest in Peace, Muhammad Ali.