Ali was the greatest, ever.
Boxer? He was great.
Showman? The greatest boxing will ever see.
He single handedly took the fight game off the ropes.
I was there, before, during, and after.
Thanks for the memories.
5 for that.
ughomer - March 5, 2012, 9:46 am,
Float like a b***erfly, sting like a bee.
carebear - March 6, 2012, 1:28 pm,
Airman - March 6, 2012, 2:20 pm,
Before Ali was stripped of his title because he refused to enter the Vietnam draft, he was untouchable. He was not as good when he came back. He lost some speed, but he could take a punch. The Thrilla in Manila was like a death match. He made boxing fun
Feasibly - March 6, 2012, 3:01 pm,
Speaking of him making boxing fun...I saw a clip of him, basically just shadow boxing. He told the camera man (if I remember correctly) "keep that camera movin', I'm kinda fast"...;)
carebear - March 6, 2012, 3:36 pm,
carebear - March 6, 2012, 3:37 pm,
Airman - March 6, 2012, 3:52 pm,
to quote "The Dude", well that's just your opinion man.
that's what makes sports fun! the endless debates. I say Louis was number one, but Marciano has a case.
carebear - March 6, 2012, 4:21 pm,
GaryO - March 6, 2012, 7:06 pm,
In their prime, it would have been Lewis with a slight edge over Ali.
Cooper?! ****, Ali fought with his hands to his side.
Marciano fought old men and no-names.
Frazier and everyone else basked in the residual glory of Ali…he carried ‘em
carebear - March 6, 2012, 9:38 pm,
GaryO - March 6, 2012, 10:49 pm,
I guess my point is, not only was Ali a great boxer, but a great entertainer . Not too many class acts in the ring, but he was one. You, and my son-in-law (who ranks boxers for a living) will argue, and that’s cool. But I saw him work. ‘Nough said.
Airman - March 7, 2012, 11:38 am,
I remember listening to the first Liston fight on the radio in our kitchen. In 1976, I was checking into the LAX Marriott, and who was standing next to me? Ali. He was a little taller than me. We shook hands. I am still amazed at how big his hands were.
carebear - March 7, 2012, 11:39 am,
GaryO - March 7, 2012, 1:46 pm,
Yes, he took a cue from an overly glitzy wrestler….business.
Dancing? Ali was a surgeon with a gift of flamboyant gab.
A heavy weight with the speed and agility of a welter weight.
Uncanny. None like him.
carebear - March 7, 2012, 12:02 pm,
GaryO - March 7, 2012, 1:47 pm,
Ah, Carnera and Liston. Two oversized palookas plodding forward, mashing other’s already malformed mugs. Yup, that’s what HW boxing was, with the occasional exception of a Max Baer or Joe Louis…….electrifying ….yeah right.
GaryO - March 7, 2012, 1:49 pm,
Tyson was fun to watch, right up to the time he stopped Douglas’ fist with his face….the prefight commentary was just as entertaining
Airman - March 7, 2012, 3:00 pm,
there is a great HBO documentary on the Thrilla in Manila.. well worth watching
GaryO - March 7, 2012, 3:19 pm,
always is....talk about reaching back when nothing's there
carebear - March 7, 2012, 8:01 pm,
EmilioDumphque - March 10, 2012, 1:27 pm,
I remember watching Ali fight some palooka (ex-con?) and it was a good enough for a while, then Ali just opened up on him! Punchy took about 30 good sh**s in a row! Ali stepped back, motioned the ref to stop the fight, and waded in again. (Ref agreed.)