He was one of the most influential sports figures of all time, the Heavyweight Champion of the world three times. Muhammad Ali
died in an Arizona hospital Friday. Here’s a look at 11 things you may
not have known about the man called, “The Greatest of All Time.”
1. Muhammad Ali, whose given name was Cassius Clay, was named for a 19th-century farmer and abolitionist named Cassius Marcellus Clay.
He was fast of fist and foot — lip, too — a heavyweight champion who
promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he
thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice
barely rose above a whisper.
He was The Greatest.
Muhammad Alidied Friday at age 74, according to a statement from the family. He was hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems earlier this week, and his children had flown in from around the country.