“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was,” is one of Muhammad Ali’s most well known quotes. This quote by Ali gives a good idea who he was during his boxing days and childhood, but it does not reveal everything about him. The quote gives a sign of Ali’s pride, and the chip he has on his shoulder, and his confidence (S.C #5). Ali’s pride, confidence, the chip on his shoulder originated in his childhood, especially his pride, which he learned from his father (S.C #4). Ali is much more than one of the greatest boxers of all time; he is also a philanthropist and a member of the Nation of Islam.
Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964, was born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17th, 1942. Ali was the son of Cassius Clay Sr. and Odessa Clay. Despite growing up in a segregated time, Ali’s childhood is something he will always cherish. Ali’s parents loved him, and were constantly showing him, and his brother Rahman affection. Later in life Ali wrote a book called The Soul of a Butterfly. In this book Ali states, “I had a strong foundation growing up; my parents were loving, affectionate people.” Ali loved his family, and had very close bonds with them. Ali had nicknames for his parents, his mother was “Mama Bird,” and his father was “Papa Cash.” Ali also had a nickname for his brother Rahman, who was referred to as Rudy. The bond Ali shared with his family greatly influenced him later in life. Ali also states in The Soul of a Butterfly, “When Bird walked beside my father, Cassius Clay, or Cash, I remember looking up at them with pride, thinking how pretty she looked and how handsome he was with his thick black mustache. Cash would often say to me, ‘Most men envy me because they can’t grow a mu...
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...’s Ali was still able to light the torch in 1996 at the Olympics in Atlanta (Muhammad Ali). The battle with Parkinson’s recently has left Ali unable to communicate well, but his influence will always remain.
Ali’s career and influence on the world has been one of a kind. The career of Ali started by battling in the ring, but it continued for him by battling outside the ring. Ali has beat many opponents in the ring, but he has also donated to many charities and had a fight with Parkinson’s since 1984. The life Ali chose to live has been a genuine one because throughout his success he has stuck to who he is. Ali has never been scared to stand up for what he believed in, and he proved he wasn’t when he joined the Nation of Islam. Many people know Ali for his boxing career, but he will always be known for the lives he has impacted through donations to many charities.
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