ALI: THE GREATEST WHAT?
Its time we all start to “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” because watching these so-called boxers of todays sport leaves me shaking my head and waving my white flag. Why must I be a victim of bad showmanship as well as craftsmanship? Boxing has officially been around since 688 B.C. and along the way the road was paved with some of the worlds greatest trained warriors the sport has ever seen to have walked this earth. From Jack Johnson to Joe Louis and Foreman to Frazier, the list is timeless and throughout the history of the sport, one thing is for sure, we as fans have never been without excitement. Todays new regime have all failed miserably at providing half of it.
Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Marcellus Clay, breathed some fresh air not only into boxing itself, but also into a world divided by color. Where an articulate black man knew how to speak well and how to manipulate the same people who tried their hardest to destroy what couldn’t be destroyed. Even the men who were brave enough to step into a ring to face their demise couldn’t figure him out either. For as long as fans have been following boxing, Ali appeared to be a new breed, a champion we haven’t yet seen since… never before in our lifetime. For those of you who have been around long enough to have witnessed Ali perform live and for those of you who are like myself, and have to thank the heavens above for inventing dvd’s. What Ali meant to the sport of boxing goes unheralded. We have been without great boxing for so so long that many of us have turned to MMA for that brutal hard hitting, exciting fights that Ali brought every time he stepped in front of a camera… yes, in front of the cameras because in the mind of Ali, the fight had already started and that’s when the master of manipulation had begun his lessons. The things Muhammad did or said had zest to it and no matter who his next opponent was, he could always get underneath their skin and rightinto their heads.
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