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Muhammad Ali


Muhammad Ali
Birth name: 
Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr
Date of birth: 
Saturday, January 17, 1942
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Country of birth: 
  • Boxer
  • Sports Person
  • Actor
About the author: 
Cassius grew up in West End Louisville, together with his younger brother Rudolph who later changed his name into Rahaman. Their father painted religious and commercial plates while Odessa Clay worked as a cleaning woman and cook in white upper-class families. Although the Clays were not wealthy, young Cassius and Rudolph always had something to eat and to wear. Contrary to most of his later foes, Ali had a carefree childhood. At the age of twelve, Cassius got into boxing rather by chance. His new Schwinn bike had been stolen and this way he met police officer Joe Martin who also ran a boxing gym. The furious lad told Martin that he would whip the thief if he found him. Martin suggested to Cassius that he teach him first how to box properly. Cassius agreed and attended Martin's gym regularly from then on.
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  • Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
  • At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.
  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
  • Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
  • Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.
  • He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
  • Float like a butterfly sting like a bee - his hands can't hit what his eyes can't see.

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