It seems pointless to try and say something about, arguably, the greatest sportsman ever when he said it all do poetically, humorously and beautifully himself.
So, here are some of his best quotes:
Float like a butterfly sting like a bee – his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”
Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and got into bed before the room was dark.”
I am America. I am the part you won’t recognise. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky, my name not yours. My religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.”
Live every day like it’s your last, because someday you’re going to be right.”
I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times, who was humorous, and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him, and who helped as many people as he could. As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what. As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love. And if all that’s too much, then I guess I’d settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people. And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.