I remember being in my bedroom like it was yesterday. It was February 25, 1964. I was listening to what might have been a transistor radio. It started around 10pm. A youngster named Cassius Clay was fighting the very tough champion, Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. Clay was a huge underdog. It was a special night. Cassius Clay became the champ on a TKO in the seventh round and so the story began. He defended his championship a year later in a small town in Lewiston, Maine. Again, I listened to the fight on the radio. Clay won again, this time on a knockout in the first round.
There have been many stories written about the very controversial and dynamic sports figure. Books, movies, interviews and more tell his story. I remember when he changed his name to Muhammad Ali, when he refused to be drafted and I watched or listened to many of his 61 fights of which he won 56.
I am going to sit back today and reflect on his great career and many of the things that Ali did throughout his life, some of which were very controversial.
I know that Ali is looking down at us with a big smile saying “I Float Like A Butterfly and Sting Like a Bee.”
Yes, you were the greatest of all time.
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