The family of boxing champ Muhammad Ali dubbed “the greatest” has gathered in his bedside in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona on June 4 due to respiratory problems, according to multiple reports.
Doctors said Ali was in grave condition.
Ali, Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in real life, has been battling Parkinson’s disease for years.
The 74-year-old former heavyweight champion turned to Suni Islam in 1975.
Ali who was crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated is not only admired for his stellar boxing record but for his wisdom.
One of Ali’s memorable fights was his match with Joe Frazier known as “Thrilla in Manila” for the heavyweight championship of the world held at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City last October 1, 1975. Ali won by technical knockout.
The “Thrilla in Manila” fight ranks as one of the best in sports history.
In his honor, the country’s first multi-level commercial mall known as Ali Mall was built following his victory. It still stands at the Araneta Center.
Here are some of Ali’s memorable quotes on life, love and career, as gathered from MuhammadAli.com:
Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.
Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.
The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
What keeps me going is goals.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.
Superman don’t need no seat belt.
There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
Wisdom is knowing when you can’t be wise
When it comes to love, compassion, and other feelings of the heart, I am rich