‘I am the greatest,’ proclaimed Muhammad Ali; however, just because a person says he is the greatest, it does not mean he is correct. A truer marker to underline one’s greatness is what other people had to say about the man.
Therefore, in tribute to the passing of the legend Muhammad Ali, Nine Stein has compiled this list of quotes taken from people around the world to prove, without any shadow of a doubt, that yes, Muhammad Ali was indeed correct – he was, and still is, the GREATEST.
Here’s what they had to say:
“Muhammad Ali shook up the world, and the world is better for it. We are all better for it.” President Obama
“Muhammad Ali was not just a champion in the ring – he was a champion of civil rights and a role model for so many people.” David Cameron (British Prime Minister)
“Muhammad Ali fought for the emancipation of the black race not only in the United States but also in many African nations then under the yoke of colonialism.” Raila Odinga (former Kenyan Prime Minister)
“I don’t call him the best boxer of all time, but he’s the greatest human being I ever met.” George Foreman
“He is giving up millions of dollars to do what his conscience tells him is right.” Martin Luther King Jr (Civil rights leader)
“I loved that man…. Besides being the greatest boxer, he was a beautiful, gentle man with a great sense of humour.” Paul McCartney
“He sacrificed the heart of his career and money and glory for his religious beliefs about a war he thought unnecessary and unjust. His memory and legacy lingers on until eternity. He scarified, the nation benefited. He was a champion in the ring, but, more than that, a hero beyond the ring. When champions win, people carry them off the field on their shoulders. When heroes win, people ride on their shoulders, we rode on Muhammad Ali’s shoulders.” Rev. Jesse Jackson
“Ali was an inspiration for not only young Americans, but also young men and women of the world.” Nawaz Sharif (Prime Minister of Pakistan)
“Today we bow our heads at the loss of a man who did so much for America. Tomorrow we will raise our heads again remembering his bravery, his outspokenness and his sacrifice for the sake of his community and country lives on in the best part of each of us.” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
For a man to be so respected in all corners of the globe takes some doing. Muhammad Ali was that man. Rest in peace our beloved friend.
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