Muhammed Ali, who was known as The People’s Champ and The Greatest fighter of all time, passed away over the weekend on Friday evening. He was 74 years old.
He was inspiring, controversial, and one of the most significant sports figures in history who had been battling Parkinson’s Disease since 1984. Ali was hospitalized over the weekend for a respiratory illness which quickly worsened, and ultimately lead to his death on Friday night.
Former boxer and Houstonian George Foreman said of Ali, “He really was ‘The Greatest. He said that and he strived for it and he was. He had such a light about him.”
Foreman fondly recalled one of his favorite memories at a gym in Miami in the 1970s. “He came up to me and told me ‘I’m going to show you what you’re going to get when you become a champion. He walked away and he came back with this briefcase and I thought, ‘he is going to show me a briefcase full of money.’ He opened that big briefcase and there was a mobile phone. He said ‘you are going to get to have one of these!’ and he was so excited about it. I teased about that years later when we all have these really small cell phones. He told me I would get to have one of those huge mobile phones that fit in that big briefcase.”
RIP to the GREATEST OF ALL TIME. 😦