For others, it was perhaps Joe Louis or Rocky Marciano and most recently Mike Tyson. I don’t know. But what I do know is that when he left the sport, the heavyweight division sucked until Tyson came on the scene. So whether or not he was “the greatest” he certainly will go down as one of the greatest.
Ali checked into a hospital now due to respiratory problems. Details are sketchy but I am sending up a prayer for him and his family and I hope you will also.
From Fox News:
Boxing great Muhammad Ali is hospitalized in the Phoenix area with what two people familiar with his condition say may be more serious problems than his previous hospital stays.
The people told The Associated Press on Thursday that Ali is fighting respiratory issues that are complicated by the Parkinson’s that he was diagnosed with in the 1980s. The two spoke separately in describing Ali’s condition that they say is concerning to family members.
The sources declined to be identified because they were not speaking on behalf of the family.
A spokesman for Ali sent out a release earlier Thursday saying the former heavyweight champion is being treated at an unidentified hospital for a respiratory issue. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said that the 74-year-old was in fair condition, and that a brief hospital stay was expected.
— Sugar Ray Leonard (@SugarRayLeonard) June 2, 2016
Ali was more than the greatest inside a ring. He displayed more courage and encouragement than any person I’ve known or met in my entire life. There are times when I thought life would just be over for me. Prayers and thoughts are with Ali and the family. Remembering the times my dad and I would watch his fights. Ali will always be The Greatest.
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