Not whatsoever! Considering his 3-year gov't imposed absence from boxing during HIS PRIME, and what he accomplished afterward, he is rightfully considered the Best and GREATEST of All Time. Never before nor after Ali came onto the scene has there ever been a heavyweight boxer with his uncanny agility and speed, ring...
Not whatsoever! Considering his 3-year gov't imposed absence from boxing during HIS PRIME, and what he accomplished afterward, he is rightfully considered the Best and GREATEST of All Time. Never before nor after Ali came onto the scene has there ever been a heavyweight boxer with his uncanny agility and speed, ring "smarts," and skills in the boxing ring... personally, I DOUBT there will ever be someone anywhere near Muhammad Ali. HE changed the sport of boxing, and brought greatness to the sport. Let's face it, even his opponents admired him, and for good reason. Ali's only "fault," was that he stayed in boxing too long, like so many other great boxers before and after his era.
Some people still say that he was a racist... never knowing the many charitable acts he did without informing the news media for publicity like so many so-called "charitable" people do (athletes and celebrities).
Bigots hate the fact that Ali was a champion and vocal crusader for social justice and fairness.
He heard that a former Cuban boxer, down on his luck, was sleeping in public bathrooms, and Muhammad arranged through his attorneys to get the man cleaned up, bought him a home, and arranged for him to work with children, teaching boxing. He quietly supported a Jewish nursing home for over 2 years and prevented it from closing (yes, he paid the nursing home's debts, paid utilities and helped pay for the staff) and had his team of attorneys look into private and gov't grants to keep the nursing home open and running... yet, he's called a racist BECAUSE he battled, raged and spoke out against social disparities, injustices, inequalities, prejudices and racism when no other athlete or celebrity or elected official spoke out. Muhammad Ali GAVE AWAY a fortune to poor struggling people for years. Funny, he had many, many friends from different nationalities, ethnicities (yes, including Caucasians) and from different religions. So, I often wonder why BIGOTS have the gall to call him a racist!
I PERSONALLY witnessed him in Times Square just before his first fight with Frazier, signing autographs and speaking with a group of teens, and one teen said, "Yeah, beat that "Uncle Tom" Frazier... when he suddenly yelled at the kids (I crossed the street fearing he was going to have a ring flash back) and told him, "Boy, don't you never let me hear any of you call Frazier an 'Uncle Tom.' He's a good Christian man, a family man who ain't done nobody any harm..." The kid said in a very soft voice... "But you call him names..." and Ali responded, "He ain't my enemy and I do that 'cause I'm psyching him out... but he's a good man who helps lots of people..." He genuinely liked Frazier, and it is now commonly KNOWN that Frazier gave him money when he was broke, with a family to feed and unable to box and earn money. They're both dead now, hopefully in heaven, talking trash and laughing.
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