“I will float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”
The greatest fighter of all times and one of our greatest leaders of all time recently passed away and he will be missed. Or should I say he was already being missed before his death, because Parkinson’s disease took away most of his communicating skills years ago.
There have been a lot of great heavyweight boxing champions over the years, as well as boxing champions, such as Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Rocky Marciano, Mike Tyson, Joe Frazier, and many others. But no one other than Louis and Robinson came close to Muhammad Ali’s, born Cassius Clay, overall brilliance, showmanship and pure talent in the ring. But his contributions to the Black community were just as great outside the ring.
First his showmanship boosted boxing to an all time high in sports and the entertainment arena. Yes the heavyweight division was popular, but Ali took it to another level. A level that it had never reached before and never will again. When he had a boxing bout, no matter who it was against it was the biggest entertainment/sporting event of the year. Ali was bigger than the NBA, Major League Baseball and even the NFL. And I’m not just talking about in the United States. Ali was known, loved and hated throughout the world.