Muhammad Ali’s biggest fights were outside the ring

Muhammad Ali’s biggest fights were outside the ring

Muhammad Ali was, the story goes, the greatest
boxer of all time. But that’s not why he’ll be remembered as the greatest. Yeah, he was incredibly fast in the ring. Ali: There’s not a heavyweight in the world
fast enough to stop me He was so powerful, his biggest fights never
went 16 rounds. But ali’s greatness is all about the other punches he threw. “I SHOOK UP THE WORLD, I SHOOK UP THE WORLD, I SHOOK UP THE WORLD” He always made his boxing about something
much bigger than himself Ali: I wanna fight for the prestige – not
for me, but to uplift my brothers who are sleeping on a concrete floors today in America. For example, listen to this story about after
he won the gold medal in the 1960 olympics. Ali: I took my gold medal. Thought I’d invented
something I said “I’m gonna get my people [?] I’m the champion of the whole world.
I know I can eat downtown now. I went downtown and had my big old medal on. And at that time
things weren’t integrated the black peoples couldn’t eat downtown. And I went downtown
and I sat down and I said “cup of coffee and a hot dog” this young lady she said
“We don’t serve negroes” and I was so mad I said “I don’t eat em either just
give me cup of coffee” So it might not be a surprise that an early
mentor was Malcolm X, then of the Nation of Islam. Have you been advising him as far as his religious
affiliations are concerned? Malcom X: Well no I don’t give advice to
anyone. Most people know he changed his name based
on his religious beliefs. But while most accounts say Cassius changed
his name to Muhammad Ali, that’s not the whole story. The morning after Cassius became
heavyweight champ, he confirmed publicly that he was a member of the Nation of Islam and
he and Malcolm X announced his new name. David Remnick: He said he was Cassius X. Ali: Clay was a white man’s name. It was
a slave name. The X was the Nation of Islam’s way of rejecting
a name bestowed by whites. Days later, Elijah Muhammad, the leader of
the Nation of Islam, went further. Manning marable: bestowing upon Cassius X
an original name Muhammad Ali, which “beloved of god” Ali: So I’m now Muhammad Ali But he refused to change it legally:
Ali: The judge is what color? He’s white. In other words I’d have to ask a white man
“May I call myself Muhammad Ali, boss?” He refused the draft to serve in vietnam as
a conscientious objector. That meant losing his title, losing his profession. and being
convicted in court. Ali: My conscience won’t let me go shoot
my brother or some darker people or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful
America and shoot them for what? They never called me nigger. They never lynched me, they
never put dogs on me, they never robbed me of my nationality, raped and killed my mother
and father. Shoot them for what? I don’t have to go and shoot them. Just take me to
jail. But his moral stand brought him into the civil
rights movement. He befriended Martin Luther King Jr. despite their differences, Reporter: What did you discuss back in the
hotel room? Ali: Nothing. We’re just friends. Just like
Kruschev and Kennedy United against oppression and the war. MLK: As Muhammad Ali has just said, we are
all victims of the same system of oppression. And even though we may have different religious
beliefs, this does not at all bring about a difference in terms of our concern.
Ali: Still brothers Reporter: Do you share the same concern that
Muhammad has for his draft status? MLK: Oh I certainly do. You know my views
on the draft are very clear. I’m against it. And he took his case of conscientious objection
to the supreme court. Ali: I haven’t burnt my own draft records.
But what I’m doing is legal. This is why I believe I’ll receive justice in the higher
courts. You can deny the draft on any grounds but you gonna have to go to court. It’s
law. If you lose you go to jail which I said I’ll do. My fight is legal. Most people avoided the draft however they
could, burning their draft cards, or using a complicated series deferments like Future
president Bill Clinton did. Ali: But if you notice I’ve been the most
persecuted. I’m not allowed to work in American I’m not allowed America. Home of the brave
land of the free. Reporter: Are there times when you miss being
heavyweight champ of the world? Ali: No, they miss me.
Reporter: I know that Ali: You know I don’t miss it. I’m not
missing it. Though he was able to return to boxing, he
never stopped shaking things up. Ali: The Vietcong are not all bad but America
are still dropping bombs. In Hiroshima, Japan wasn’t bad but she still dropped the bomb.
In Korea they wasn’t bad but they still dropped the bomb. So now I’m gonna forget
the 400 years of lynching and raping and depriving my people of freedom and justice and equality…
and I’m gonna look at two or three white people who are trying to do right and don’t
see the other million trying to kill me? He used these media appearances over and over
to try to promote trying to live a moral life. Ali: As you know in this country a black athlete
or entertainer has a lot of influence. Some of them promote some of them make movies.
I’d like to do all i can to uplift the people morally, and spiritually as far as Loving
ourselves, sticking together and helping ourselves. Before uh, expecting others to help them,
to respect them when they don’t respect themselves.. Johnny Carson: Well having known you for as
long as I do, I don’t know anybody who’s better qualified to do that than you, and
I know you mean it. After he retired, he even saved a man from
jumping to his death in 1981: Reporter: The former heavyweight champion
went to a window and reportedly yelled “I’m your brother. I want to help you.” Recognizing
Ali, the man finally opened the fire escape door and Ali approached him on the ledge. He helped negotiate the release of 14 hostages
in iraq. He stood with Nelson Mandela against apartheid.
He delivered medical supplies and food to kids all over the world.
And though his genetic disease, parkinson’s, cruelly impaired his function, that never
stopped his ability to inspire billions. Three billion people watched this in 1996. And in one of his final public appearances,
he spoke out about islam after the devastating attacks of September 11th, even though he
could barely speak. Ali: I’m a Muslim. I’ve been a Muslim
for 20 years. And I’m against killing, violence. And all Muslims are against it. I think the
people should know the real truth about Islam. You know me, I’m a boxer. I’m called the
Greatest of All Time. People recognize me for being a boxer and a man of truth. And
I wouldn’t be here representing Islam if it was really like the terrorist look. I think
that all the people should know the truth and come to recognize the truth because Islam
is peace and against killing, murder, and the terrorist that do it in the name of islam.
And If I had the chance, I’d do something about it. And last winter, when he could no longer speak,
he wrote a statement against comments from Donald Trump that lumped the actions of a
few murderers in Paris and San Bernadino with 1.5 Billion muslims around the world. He said “Speaking as someone who has never
been accused of political correctness, I believe that our political leaders should use their
position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided
murderers have perverted people’s views on what Islam really is” Ali was a fighter, but i don’t think his
muscles are really the part we care about. And it’s not what he cared about either Ali: “Boxing was just my way of introducing
me to the struggle. My main fight is for freedom and equality. Money don’t really mean nothing
because gave up the title not knowing if I’m coming back or not for four years. So these gloves represent a lot more than
physical punching. And today, a pair of them have been in the President’s private offices
the past 8 years. Ali: For this fight I’ve wrestled with alligators
I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning and put thunder in jail. You know
I’m bad. I murdered a rock, Injured a stone, and I Hospitalized a brick. I’m so bad,
I make medicine sick. I’m so fast, man, I can run through a hurricane and don’t
get wet. When George Foreman meets me he’ll pay his debt. I can drown and drink of water
and kill a dead tree. Wait till you see Muhammad Ali.


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    [1:53–1:56] Well, technically the name Muhammad (محمد) means "the praised one" while Ali (علي) means "exalted".

    We Muslims believe a good name given can be considered a prayer for the owner – as they are mentioned or called by people – to have its attributes…that seems to be true for him.

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    Nutshell In a shell

    So wait Muhammad was Muslim or what because when I researched this all I saw in google was something about a different topic then muslim

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    "Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
    I know a lot of quotes, but this is the one I will never forget. Muhammad Ali is a legend. He will always be remembered.

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    Nova Scotian BoxingFan

    No fights went to 16 rounds in pro boxing ever. Way to research the topic. You can tell rate away this guy talking never watched an Ali fight besides Liston highlights.

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    Muhammad Hussain Ibne bilal

    May allah send him to jannah he was first a Christian but after he switched to Islam he become a real Muslim even his name

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    Chaos Guardian

    and then they say muslims are terrorist when ali the muslim refuses to cooperate with america's goverment that has been tormenting the world since the 20 th century

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    R.S. Marcus

    I always wish that Michael Jordan and his fans could see what a true icon looked like. Jordan was forced down the throat of the black community and we've yet to recover from the sickness.

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    Liquid_ XSlayerX

    Him talking about 9/11 was the saddest thing because he was shaking uncontrollably and he could barley speak but still could tell everyone how he felt. RIP the greatest inspiration ever

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    Arunodoy Sarmah

    It's not religious beliefs it's racist ideology that propelled him to understood the way of the world and to change it in his own way.. miss u ali.. taking Islam is one of his unique way to oppose the dark side of USA

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    Rachier Mk'Oloo

    I tussled with the whale, murdered a rock, hospitalised a brick, injured a stone I'm so fierce I make millicents sick

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    Pierre Binyom

    Sometimes, I ask myself : " If we blacks treated whites the way the treat us, how will they react ? " Who knows…..

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    This moved me to tears. I know a piece of all our hearts left us when he passed away. He truly was one of a kind

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    The greatest fighter, the man who was recorded for the generation to see and get inspired. RESPECT. Tnx VOX

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    Moath Akkawi

    "If you have noticed I have been the most persecuted. I am not allowed to work in America. I am not allowed to leave America. Home of the brave land of the free."

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    Saman Xhetry

    Not only black hero, an Asian hero too. He didn't want himself involved in abominable massacre sponsored by US and UK imperialists.

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    Fun Junkies

    The greatest and the most powerful man ever on earth. lotsss of love and repect fou you. 🌹🌹🌹😍

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    May Allah be pleased with him and rain His mercy and blessing on him!! May we all meet in Jennah! Ameen!❤️

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    jakarta gamer

    I'm too sticked to see ALLA the comments to see what's the reaction about this video
    but i have 10% battery left

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    Mohamed Abdelfattah

    I loved every bit of this video. However, I tried really hard to find the musical track played at the ending of the video, starting @7:23 but in-vain. Also, the credits @8:00 display that there were 3 musical tracks played during the video. The third musical track namely "Groove business" – Mikel Ross Giffin, is no where to be found on itunes or spotify. Could someone please figure out what's the name of the track played @7:23?

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    Anees Ali

    May Allah grant you Janna my brother,. You represented Islam, like a true leader. Muhammad Ali, a man of truth, he is a inspiration for all, he only spoke truth, come to Islam all brtohers, at least study it, understand at, what does it say, and see for yourself if its appeals to you…

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    Anees Ali

    Pls come to islam, all brothers and sisters, at least listen to the man of truth, and least study it, understand it..

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