No fighter in the history of boxing could talk himself up, while simultaneously belittling his opponents, like Muhammad Ali. Long before facing his opponent in the ring, Ali would get in his adversary’s head with a lethal one-two combo of unmitigated bravado and withering insults. Sonny Liston, George Foreman and Joe Frazier, all served as targets of Ali’s famous verbal volleys.
Despite proclaiming himself to be “The Greatest,” Ali actually considered Joe Louis to be the best heavyweight of all time, but none would dispute Ali’s place as the sport’s greatest showman, talker, and poet.
MUHAMMAD ALI’S TOP 10 QUOTES
With so many quotable quotes to chose from, it’s as difficult to settle on a top ten, but we gave it a go nonetheless. In the end Ali concluded, “The only thing that matters is submitting to the will God,” which he did – with grace.