"Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee, his hands can't hit what his eyes can't see," was the motto depicting the famous Muhammed Ali. With the passing of the 74 year old heavyweight boxer, one naturally looks intriquely into his life. Mature readers will remember him as Cassius Clay. He took on his present name when he changed his religion to Islam. Though many sportsmen appeared on a box of Wheaties, Ali's picture was the first. The 6' 3" professional had boundless confidence. Not only did he dance in the ring, but he also danced with chosen words to prominently describe himself and his abilities. One of his quotes was: "I done something new for this fight. I wrestled with an alligator. I tussled with a whale. I handcuffed lightning. I thrown thunder in jail. Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I'm so mean I make medicine sick."
Howard Cosell did several interviews with Ali on the Wide World of Sports. From 1964 to 1974, Ali portrayed himself in several movies such as Rocky. After 9/11, he participated in fundraising events for 9/11. On March 3, 1971, Joe Frazier fought Ali and won. This was Ali's first defeat. In 1974, he regained his title against George Foreman. In his boxing career, he took on many techniques of Sugar Ray Robinson. As years passed, Joe and Ali would connect again and become friends. He made his mark in life--one of honor and integrity. Billy Crystal imitated Ali's actions to audiences around the world. Ali's confidence was a positive example to his kids. In 1981, Ali retired from his boxing career. Though he suffered from Parkinson's, he didn't allow it to steal his joy. He lived victorious in almost every aspect of his life.