101 Facts About Muhammad Ali

1. In 1984 Muhammad Ali spoke out publicly against the separatist doctrine of Louis Farrakhan, declaring, "What he teaches is not at all what we believe in.

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2. The Hollywood Walk of Fame star for Muhammad Ali is the only one that's placed on a wall and not the ground because Ali "did not want the name of Muhammad to be stepped on.

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3. In 1984 Muhammad Ali spoke out publicly against the separatist doctrine of Louis Farrakhan, declaring, "What he teaches is not at all what we believe in.

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4. The Hollywood Walk of Fame star for Muhammad Ali is the only one that's placed on a wall and not the ground because Ali "did not want the name of Muhammad to be stepped on.

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5. Muhammad Ali knocked Folley out in seven rounds and the US government knocked him out of the competition.

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6. Muhammad Ali was a member of the inaugural class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, and in 2005 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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7. In 1996 Muhammad Ali was chosen to light the Olympic flame at the start of the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta, Georgia.

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8. Muhammad Ali married his fourth wife, Lonnie, in 1986.

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9. In 1984 Muhammad Ali spoke out publicly against the separatist doctrine of Louis Farrakhan, declaring, "What he teaches is not at all what we believe in.

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10. Muhammad Ali was received by the people of Zaire as a conquering hero, and he did his part by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round to regain the heavyweight title.

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11. On October 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali challenged George Foreman, who had dethroned Frazier in 1973 to become heavyweight champion of the world.

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12. Muhammad Ali prevailed in his first two comeback fights, against Jerry Quarry and Oscar Bonavena.

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13. Muhammad Ali was stripped of his championship and precluded from fighting by every state athletic commission in the United States for three and a half years.

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14. Muhammad Ali changed her name to Khalilah Muhammad Ali, though she was still called Belinda by old friends and family.

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15. Muhammad Ali told Hussein that releasing the hostages would be a good PR move, convincing the dictator to agree.

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16. In 1981, Muhammad Ali talked a Suicidal Man off a Ledge.

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17. The Hollywood Walk of Fame star for Muhammad Ali is the only one that's placed on a wall and not the ground because Ali "did not want the name of Muhammad to be stepped on.

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18. Muhammad Ali was invited to North Korea in 1995 with a collection of other athletes.

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19. Muhammad Ali traveled to numerous countries, including Mexico and Morocco, to help out those in need.

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20. Muhammad Ali started a different kind of fight with his outspoken views against the Vietnam War.

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21. Muhammad Ali joined the black Muslim group the Nation of Islam in 1964.

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22. In 1960, Muhammad Ali won a spot on the US Olympic boxing team, and traveled to Rome, Italy, to compete.

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23. Muhammad Ali went on to win the 1956 Golden Gloves tournament for novices in the light heavyweight class.

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24. Muhammad Ali started working with Martin to learn how to spar, and soon began his boxing career.

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25. At the age of 12, Muhammad Ali discovered his talent for boxing through an odd twist of fate.

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26. Muhammad Ali recovered quickly, but the judges awarded the decision to Frazier, handing Ali his first professional loss after 31 wins.

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27. Muhammad Ali took in millions from his endorsement deals with companies including Adidas and Electronic Arts.

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28. In 2005, Muhammad Ali sold the rights to his name and image to Robert Sillerman for $50 million for 20 percent interest in the business.

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29. Muhammad Ali married his fourth and final wife Yolanda in 1986.

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30. Muhammad Ali married his second wife, 17-year-old Belinda Boyd, in 1967.

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31. Muhammad Ali became an Olympic gold medalist in 1960 and the world heavyweight boxing champion in 1964.

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32. In 1960, boxer Muhammad Ali won a spot on the US Olympic Boxing Team, returning home that year with a gold medal.

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33. Muhammad Ali had the honor of lighting the cauldron during the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

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34. On February 15, 1978, an aging Muhammad Ali lost his title to Leon Spinks in a 15-round split decision.

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35. Muhammad Ali defeated Norton in their third meeting in a unanimous 15-round decision.

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36. Muhammad Ali won his next 10 bouts before being defeated by Ken Norton.

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37. Muhammad Ali was arrested, and the New York State Athletic Commission immediately suspended his boxing license and revoked his heavyweight belt.

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38. Muhammad Ali was an American former heavyweight champion boxer and one of the greatest sporting figures of the 20th century.

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39. Elijah Muhammad Ali, was the most successful movement in spreading Islam in America and remains an important force in the Black and Islamic community today.

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40. Muhammad Ali wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.

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41. In 1979, Muhammad Ali guest-starred as himself in an episode of the NBC sitcom Diff'rent Strokes.

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42. Muhammad Ali appeared on the cover of Time Magazine 5 times, the most of any athlete.

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43. Muhammad Ali was crowned Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated.

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44. Muhammad Ali was the recipient of the 1997 Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

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45. Muhammad Ali was one of only three boxers to be named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated.

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46. Muhammad Ali appeared in the documentary film Black Rodeo riding both a horse and a bull.

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47. In 2013, The Guardian said Muhammad Ali exemplified boxing's "golden age of trash-talking.

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48. Muhammad Ali said Frazier was "too dumb to be champion", that he would whip Liston "like his Daddy did", that Terrell was an "Uncle Tom" for refusing to call Ali by his name and continuing to call him Cassius Clay, and that Patterson was a "rabbit.

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49. Muhammad Ali regularly taunted and baited his opponents—including Liston, Frazier, and Foreman—before the fight and often during the bout itself.

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50. Muhammad Ali was the best fighter I ever saw in terms of clinching.

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51. Muhammad Ali often taunted opponents in the process and lashed back with sudden, unexpected combinations.

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52. Muhammad Ali threw his punches when he was in motion.

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53. Muhammad Ali often flaunted his movement by dancing the "Ali Shuffle", a sort of center-ring jig.

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54. Muhammad Ali was hospitalized on January 15, 2015, for a urinary tract infection after being found unresponsive at a guest house in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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55. Muhammad Ali was helped to his feet by his wife Lonnie to stand before the flag due to his Parkinson's rendering him unable to carry it into the stadium.

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56. Muhammad Ali conceded "They didn't tell me about that in America", and complained that Carter had sent him "around the world to take the whupping over American policies.

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57. Muhammad Ali went on another Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in 1988.

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58. Muhammad Ali continued to attend meetings, although keeping his involvement hidden from the public.

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59. At age 32 in 1974, Muhammad Ali began an illicit extramarital relationship with 16-year-old Wanda Bolton.

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60. Muhammad Ali was only able to land two jabs while Inoki's kicks caused two blood clots and an infection that almost resulted in Ali's leg being amputated.

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61. Muhammad Ali stumbled to the corner, where his associate Butch Lewis convinced him to walk away.

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62. On June 1, 1976, Muhammad Ali removed his shirt and jacket and confronted professional wrestler Gorilla Monsoon in the ring after his match at a World Wide Wrestling Federation show in Philadelphia Arena.

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63. Muhammad Ali found a five-acre site on a Pennsylvania country road in the village of Deer Lake, Pennsylvania.

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64. Muhammad Ali began training at a farm near Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1971 and, finding the country setting to his liking, sought to develop a real training camp in the countryside.

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65. Muhammad Ali was reported to jokingly say, "That computer was made in Alabama.

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66. In March 1966, Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces.

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67. Muhammad Ali was criticized in the sports media for appearing to have toyed with Patterson during the fight.

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68. Muhammad Ali called Jones "an ugly little man" and Cooper a "bum.

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69. Muhammad Ali said in his 1975 autobiography that shortly after his return from the Rome Olympics, he threw his gold medal into the Ohio River after he and a friend were refused service at a "whites-only" restaurant and fought with a white gang.

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70. Muhammad Ali told the officer he was going to "whup" the thief.

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71. Muhammad Ali was a descendant of slaves of the antebellum South, and was predominantly of African descent, with smaller amounts of Irish and English heritage.

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72. Muhammad Ali was ranked as the greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated, the Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC, and the third greatest athlete of the 20th century by ESPN SportsCentury.

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73. Muhammad Ali successfully appealed the decision to the US Supreme Court, which overturned his conviction in 1971, by which time he had not fought for nearly four years and thereby lost a period of peak performance as an athlete.

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74. Muhammad Ali was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and began training as an amateur boxer when he was 12 years old.

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75. Muhammad Ali sat snoozing in a chair in his Los Angeles home after having fallen asleep watching television with a gaggle of children on the floor beside him.

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76. Muhammad Ali had several fights broadcast on early pay-per-view home television:.

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77. In 2015, Harris Poll found that Muhammad Ali was one of the three most recognizable athletes in the United States, along with Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth.

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78. In 1993, the Associated Press reported that Muhammad Ali was tied with Babe Ruth as the most recognized athlete, out of over 800 dead or living athletes, in America.

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79. Muhammad Ali had a cameo role in the 1962 film version of Requiem for a Heavyweight, and during his exile from boxing, he starred in the short-lived 1969 Broadway musical, Buck White.

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80. Immediately after Thrilla in Manilla, Muhammad Ali summoned Frazier's son Marvis to his dressing room and apologized for the things he had said about Frazier.

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81. In the buildup to their bouts, Muhammad Ali called Frazier "dumb" and an "Uncle Tom" before their first, "ignorant" before the second, and a "gorilla" before the third.

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82. In 1970, Muhammad Ali had stated: "Me and Joe Frazier will be buddies.

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83. In the opinion of many observers, Muhammad Ali became a different fighter after the 3½-year layoff.

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84. Muhammad Ali was hospitalized in Scottsdale on June 2, 2016, with a respiratory illness.

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85. In 1978, Muhammad Ali revealed that he was "broke" and several news outlets reported his net worth to be an estimated.

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86. In 2014, Muhammad Ali tweeted in support of Trayvon Martin and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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87. On July 27, 2012, Muhammad Ali was a titular bearer of the Olympic flag during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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88. In 1994, Muhammad Ali campaigned to the United States government to come to the aid of refugees afflicted by the Rwandan genocide, and to donate to organizations helping Rwandan refugees.

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89. Muhammad Ali successfully secured the release of the hostages, in exchange for promising Hussein that he would bring America "an honest account" of Iraq.

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90. On January 19, 1981, in Los Angeles, Muhammad Ali talked a suicidal man down from jumping off a ninth-floor ledge, an event that made national news.

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91. Muhammad Ali was unable to explain why the African countries should join the US boycott when it had failed to support the African boycott of the 1976 Olympics, and was unaware that the Soviet Union was sponsoring popular revolutionary movements in Africa.

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92. In 1980, Muhammad Ali was recruited by President Jimmy Carter for a diplomatic mission to Africa, in an effort to persuade a number of African governments to join the US-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics.

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93. Muhammad Ali began visiting Africa starting in 1964, when he visited Ghana.

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94. In 1984, Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome, a disease that sometimes results from head trauma from violent physical activities such as boxing.

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95. Muhammad Ali stated: "War is against the teachings of the Qur'an.

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96. Muhammad Ali registered for conscription in the United States military on his 18th birthday and was listed as 1-A in 1962.

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97. Muhammad Ali was a resident of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, in the early 1970s.

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98. Muhammad Ali was introduced to cocktail waitress Sonji Roi by Herbert Muhammad and asked her to marry him after their first date.

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99. Muhammad Ali was married four times and had seven daughters and two sons.

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100. Muhammad Ali fought Ken Norton for the third time in September 1976.

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101. On June 26, 1976, Muhammad Ali participated in an exhibition bout in Tokyo against Japanese professional wrestler and martial artist Antonio Inoki.

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