Top Ten Muhammad Ali Facts

The Top Ten Muhammad Ali Facts

1 He never turns down an autograph request
2 He used to race the school bus

As a kid growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius didn't ride the bus to school like other kids. Instead of riding, Cassius would literally race the bus to school every morning. More times than not, he won! - Ajkloth

3 A stolen bike started his boxing career
4 He only wore Elvis' robe once

Elvis Presley gave Ali a boxing robe as a gift, with the words "The People's Champion" inscribed on the back. Ali wore it to his next fight, but he lost. He never wore the robe to fight again, thinking it was bad luck. - Ajkloth

5 He threw away his gold medal
6 He rode in the Tournament of Roses Parade

In 1988, Ali rode on a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The float commemorated the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. - Ajkloth

7 He record a record album and a single

In 1963, the 21-year-old Clay recorded a record of Ben E. King's song "Stand By Me." The record was released in early 1964 and hit #102 on the charts. The single was from the Columbia album he recorded that year called I Am The Greatest. I Am The Greatest was mostly a spoken-word album, with the sound of a bell separating each individual sequence. - Ajkloth

8 Ali helped give us Rocky

In 1975, Ali fought a little-known boxer named Chuck Wepner ("The Bayonne Bleeder"). Ali was a heavy favorite, and he did win, but it took him the full 15 rounds to get the decision. Wepner's courage in going the full distance with the famous world champion inspired a young, unknown writer/actor named Sylvester Stallone to write the screenplay for his classic film Rocky. Rocky's opponent in the film, Apollo Creed, was based on Ali. - Ajkloth

9 Ali has quite a show business resume

Ali has starred as himself in four motion pictures - Ajkloth

10 He was KOed by Kent Green

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11 He converted to Islam
12 He passed away on June 3, 2016
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