Posted on June 4, 2016 at 5:15 am

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"The Greatest of All Time" – Boxer Muhammad Ali passes away.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away earlier today (June 4th, 2016) at the age of 74. When one thinks of boxing, the name that comes to mind as “the greatest” of all the heavyweights is Muhammad Ali. He was a legend who reigned supreme at this tough sport. Though many have considered him to be a polarizing figure, he has undoubtedly solidified himself as a legend in the world of boxing.  Ali began training at age 12 and earned his first championship win at age 22 in 1964.  He remains the only 3 time lineal world heavyweight champion – with wins in 1964,1974, and 1978.  Ali exuded confidence on and off the boxing ring, often making over the top statements about his excellence in the field.  He was known best for his catchphrase “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and is considered to have produced punches that had approximately 1,000 pounds of force!  Ali has ranked in many magazines as the number one boxer of all time.  For example, Ring Magazine, named him number 1 in a 1998 ranking of greatest heavyweights from all eras.  The Associated Press also voted him the number 1 heavyweight of the 20th century in a 1999 listing.   In his later years, Ali suffered from Parkinson’s disease but he never lost his fighting spirit.  May he rest in peace.