Ali was special! I got to admit I am not a big fan of box but he was undoubtedly the most famous and probably best of all time. Although I never saw him box live... Far too young for that. Ali encapsulates what you hope a celebrity sportsman should be like. An acute mind, insightful and penetrating stitched together with political activism and sense of fairness but put into the that mix unbelievable physical prowess, (far more that his contemporaries) and you have a pure diamond unable to be contained in some shelf for pundits to analyse.
This is why to honour him on the day of his death I choose to share a memorable interview where he talks poignantly about racism and religion instead of menacing pictures of him in boxing gloves. Because he was much more than just a boxer.
RIP Muhammad Ali!
Ali once answered a question about what he would like people to say when he was gone… I’ll put it here as was his wish:
I’d like for them to say:
He took a few cups of love.
He took one tablespoon of patience,
One teaspoon of generosity,
One pint of kindness.
He took one quart of laughter,
One pinch of concern.
And then, he mixed willingness with happiness.
He added lots of faith,
And he stirred it up well.
Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime,
And he served it to each and every deserving person he met.