Awards & Winners

Muhammad Ali

Date of Birth 17-January-1942
Place of Birth Louisville
(Kentucky, United States of America, Jefferson County, Area code 502)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Cassius Clay, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., The Greatest, The People's Champion, The Louisville Lip, Muhammed Ali, Cassisus Clay, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Mohammed Ali, Ali, Mohammed
Profession Professional Boxer, Philanthropist, Social activist
  • I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights.
  • I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
  • The man who has no imagination has no wings.
  • It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
  • He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
  • It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.
  • Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
  • I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
  • I am the greatest. Not only do I knock em out, I pick the round!
  • Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
  • Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.
  • I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
  • When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble.
  • What keeps me going is goals.
  • No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room.
Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is today widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC. Born Cassius Clay, at the age of 22 he won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in a stunning upset. Shortly after that bout, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975. In 1967, three years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. The U.S. government declined to recognize him as a conscientious objector, however, because Ali declared that he would fight in a war if directed to do so by Allah or his messenger. He was eventually arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing title. He did not fight again for nearly four years—losing a time of peak performance in an athlete's career. Ali's appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 1971 his conviction was overturned on a technicality. The Supreme Court held that, since the appeals board gave no reason for the denial of a conscientious objector exemption to petitioner, it was impossible to determine on which of the three grounds offered in the Justice Department's letter that board had relied. Ali's actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

Awards by Muhammad Ali

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