Boxing legend and icon Mohammed Ali has passed away at the age of 74 due to respiratory illness as well as Parkinson’s Disease. He was born Cassius Clay and was trained to be a boxer in many gyms, including Miami Beach. He was rising through the boxing ranks and changed his name to Mohammed Ali. He was known to be brash and intimidating his opponents before his matches. Unlike most, he can back it up. His main rivals were Joe Frazier and George Foreman whom he battled back and forth. He even got to go up against Superman and won in a special comic issue by DC Comics in the 70’s. Ali would eventually retired from boxing. He was known to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.
Outside the ring, he stood up for what he believed in as this was the start of him also being a civil rights activist. Ali has met many other legends and celebrities such as the Beatles, Hulk Hogan, Sylvester Stallone, etc. and has influenced the world. Bruce Lee was also influenced by Mohammed Ali when he went up against Chuck Norris in Way of the Dragon. Ali helped launched the WWE’s first WrestleMania when he was special referee in the main event that saw Hulk Hogan and Mr. T against Rowdy Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff. This launched the WWE’s WrestleMania franchise that continues to this day.
He is survived by his children including his daughter Laila, who was a boxer in her own right before she retired. Mohammed Ali will be missed by the entire world and he broke the mold when they made him. There will never be another like him. He is now in heaven where he will float like a butterfly and sting like a bee eternally.