Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. Considered a cultural icon, Ali has both been idolized and vilified.

Originally known as Cassius Clay, at the age of 22 he won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston. Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, ... more »

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  • ''It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.''
    Muhammad Ali (b. 1942), U.S. boxer. Quoted in New York Times (April 6, 1977). Born Cassius Marcellus Clay.
  • ''Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.''
    Muhammad Ali (b. 1942), U.S. boxer. Quoted in The Story of Cassius Clay, ch. 8, George Edward Sullivan (1964). Muhammad Ali's catchphrase was said...
  • ''At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.''
    Muhammad Ali (b. 1942), U.S. boxer. Sunday Express (London, January 13, 1963). Born Cassius Clay.
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