Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee -- this is a geeklist for Muhammad Ali
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He didn't have no quarrel with them Vietcong.
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There is an old story, probably apocryphal, about one time when Ali took a plane trip. Just before takeoff, the stewardess reminded Ali to fasten his seat belt.

"Superman don't need no seat belt," Ali said.

The stewardess replied, "Superman don't need no airplane either."

Ali put on his seat belt.
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He was handsome.
And he said some good things.

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He threw his Olympic gold medal from the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome in the Ohio river after being refused service for being black at a "whites only" restaurant.
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vs Frazier in Manila, and the story behind.

Sorry, thumbs down for Ali
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUQNKb_1xlc

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He didn't pull any punches: "The white man is the devil."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/muhammad-ali-nation-...

There's an excellent PBS documentary that looks at the complexity of Ali and the racial politics of that time: The Trials of Mohammed Ali.
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Besides his boxing comebacks (Watch "When They Were Kings" for an amazing story of the Rumble in the Jungle)...Ali went from making comments like the above, to being a cartoon hero for the masses just a few years later. Pretty amazing.

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He had a strange job...

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Sonny Liston was widely considered the best heavyweight fighter of all time. The Las Vegas line was 8 to 1 against Cassius Clay. A pre-fight poll of 46 ringside sportswriters had 43 saying Liston by KO, one Liston by decision, and two for the Louisville Lip.

The fight promotor asked Clay to make a statement repudiating Nation of Islam, which he refused of course. Clay had been listening to Nation of Islam on radio since he was 18 and had joined secretly. The promotor and Clay eventually decided until after the fight Clay would not mention Islam, and would not hang out with Malcolm X (though Malcolm was part of Clay's ringside entourage).

After Liston failed to answer the bell in the seventh, Clay wanted to leave without talking to the press. Clay was coaxed into a press conference and announced he had joined the Nation of Islam, and then he changed his name to Cassius X. The next day he changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

Many thought Liston had been ill prepared for the fight, and would win the rematch. The first round of the rematch produced the photo seen at the head of this list.

see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali_vs._Sonny_Liston
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I have nothing against anyone changing their name. I don't dispute that Cassius Clay is a white man's name. However I must object when anyone says Cassius Clay is a slave name.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassius_Marcellus_Clay_(politi...
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