Vandaag heeft Muhammad ‘The Greatest’ Ali de leeftijd van 71 jaar bereikt.

foto: waarschijnlijk Ali’s meest beroemde foto waarop hij neerkijkt op Sonny Liston (1964)

Beste bokser aller tijden

Muhammad Ali, geboren als Cassius Clay, wordt beschouwd als de beste bokser aller tijden. Ali domineerde in de sixties en seventies de zwaargewicht divisie en won titels bij de WBC, NABF, The Ring en de WBA. Ter ere van zijn verjaardag plaatsen wij enkele van zijn beroemde quotes.


I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.

There’s not a man alive who can whup me. I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.

I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.

I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.

If you dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologise.

There are two things that are hard to hit and see. That’s a spooky ghost and Muhammad Ali.

One of these days, they’re liable to make the house I grew up in a national shrine.

Old age is just a record of one’s whole life.
I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.

There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.

Superman don’t need no seat belt.