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Muhammad Ali was the "greatest human" who ever lived


Muhammad Ali was handsome; a fighter and a religious man. He was a believer - he believed more in his abilities- and that, no doubt, set him out as a winner. Perhaps, the greatest lesson we can draw from the world boxing legend.

Before that famous fight with Liston in Miami, Clay, as Ali was known before converting to Islam, in a pre-fight build up dubbed Liston "the big ugly guy" and boasted he would beat and donate him to the zoo. Many thought Clay's rant was out of fear as he faced a man who destroyed former "heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson in two first-round knock outs" but it turned out to be a show of believe. At the Age of 22, the man to be celebrated as "greatest human" shook the world and announced "I am the greatest." Clay had beaten Liston - a dominating fighter with a criminal past and ties to the mob - to be crowned the heavy weight champion in 1964.

Muhammad Ali loved every bit of himself and was never intimidated by ethnic chants and profane talks. "I am America," he once declared. 'I am the part you won't recognise. But get used to me - black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me'." That was the making of the man Muhammad Ali.

In quotes published by Daily Mail, George Foreman and Barrack Obama paid tributes to the legendary boxer in glowing terms. "George Foreman, who became one of Ali's closest friends after losing to him Rumble in the Jungle, described him as 'the greatest human being I ever met'."

'We never had any arguments, we never had any problems, I loved the man. I wanted to beat him and knock him out. But I loved the man. I thought I'd knock him out in one or two rounds. All he would say is, "Is that all you've got George?".'

Foreman continued: 'The biggest problem for me was that I went out to beat and destroy a boxer. Little did I know I'd be facing something greater than a boxer. He stood the test. He took everything I had and gave back worse.

I'll remember that with the most fond memories. I was in the ring with one of the greatest human beings I've ever met in my life.

'Muhammad Ali made you love him. The guy was beautiful. I met him for the first time and I heard people say he was handsome and good looking. But beauty was the word to describe him.'

George Foreman concluded that Ali was too great to be identified with a specific race and beyond boxing. 'To rank him as black or white would be a crime. He was too big for that. He said it better than anyone: I am the greatest! The man was the greatest. Forget about boxing, he was one of the greatest men to get into a ring, to appear on television, he was the greatest,' he said.

Former US president Barrack Obama, in a heartfelt tribute, on behalf of himself and his wife, revealed he keeps a pair of Ali's gloves in his private study in White House.

Obama noted: 'Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he'd tell you. He'd tell you he was the double greatest; that he'd 'handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail'.

'But what made The Champ the greatest - what truly separated him from everyone else - is that everyone else would tell you pretty much the same thing.

'In my private study, just off the Oval Office, I keep a pair of his gloves on display, just under that iconic photograph of him - the young champ, just 22-years-old, roaring like a lion over a fallen Sonny Liston.

'I was too young when it was taken to understand who he was - still Cassius Clay, already an Olympic gold medal winner, yet to set out on a spiritual journey that would lead him to his Muslim faith, exile him at the peak of his power, and set the stage for his return to greatness with a name as familiar to the downtrodden in the slums of South East Asia and the villages of Africa as it was to cheering crowds in Madison Square Garden,' Obama noted.

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