Muhammad Ali led arguably the most fascinating life of the past 100 years. Ali was an international sports icon. The multi-time heavyweight champion of the world was a political activist. Ali was the most famous living follower of Islam on the planet. It is no wonder that so many have written so much about Ali since he first became a famous boxer who also happened to have a big mouth. Even casual sports fans who have watched movies and/or read books about Ali probably know more about the legend than that he was a talented boxer who changed his name and fought against the United States government for a time.
With that said, there is also a plethora of information that even the biggest fan of Ali may have either forgotten or never learned. For example, it is possible that we could have known Ali by a different name had he stuck with a decision that he made after he chose to make the switch from Cassius Clay. Ali could have been just a guy who lived a quiet life if not for an event that occurred during his younger days and that ultimately changed his life. Ali showed time and time again how to turn negatives into positives, and that is one of the many reasons he was so respected and so beloved by millions of people who never met him.
10 He Was Part Irish
9 A Theft Started It All
8 He Went By Cassius X
7 He Was Influenced By Wrestling
6 He Was A Broadway Star
5 He Was Spied On By The NSA
4 Frazier And Ali Were Friends
3 Ali vs Inoki Started As A Joke
2 Ali Was A Singer
1 He Has A Star On The Walk Of Fame (Kind Of)
Ali was a star in every sense of the word, and thus it only makes sense that Ali received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Unlike others, however, Ali's star is mounted on a wall rather than placed on the ground. This is because Ali did not want to feel disrespected by having his name walked on by others. Ali earned that right because of all that he gave to the world during his many years of service outside of the ring, and it is not a stretch to suggest that no other athlete will ever be as beloved as was Ali.
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