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January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016
Muhammad Ali, original name Cassius Marcellus Clay, was an American professional boxer and social activist. Nicknamed "The Greatest", he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century, and is frequently ranked as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.
Olympic Games, Golden Gloves, Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005).
Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest boxers in history, the first fighter to win the world heavyweight championship on three separate occasions. In addition, he was known for his social message of black pride and black resistance to white domination and for refusing induction into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
"Don't count the days. Make the days count."
"Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."
"If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it."
"I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was."