My greatest sporting hero is Muhammad Ali and today we celebrate Ali’s 65th birthday.
It seems only a ‘blink of the eye ago’ when my Dad would wake me up in the early hours of the morning in the early 1960’s to listen with Dad on a crackly radio reception to BBC Radio commentary of early fights live from America of Cassius Clay - as he was then – against the likes of Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson.
The picture montage on the BBC Website at this link – click here – show the great man at his awesome best
Wonderful memories of two great men Muhammad Ali and of course my late beloved Dad.
10 Great 'Ali' Quotes:
‘Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wild Life.’
‘It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.’
‘I'm the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren't no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn't know about them.’
‘Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.’
‘I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.’
‘If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.’
‘To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.’
‘The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.’
‘We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.’
And finally …what else but …
‘When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble.’