Muhammad Ali: The Boxing Legend Lives On


MUHAMMAD ALI 
(January 17, 1942-June 3, 2016)
At only 74, Ali battled Parkinson’s Disease for more than three decades. 
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Highly regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all times, Ali inspired and motivated a lot of boxers to be the best athletes that they can be. Many tried to duplicate his moves and skills.  Even our very own boxer Manny Pacquiao considered Ali as one of his idols.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

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May 17, 1967: Muhammad Ali punches the bag. (Miami News photo)

May 17, 1967: Muhammad Ali punches the bag. (Miami News photo)

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October 1, 1975 
Manila, Philippines
I was only five years old when this historic match of Ali VS Joe Frazier took place in Cubao, Quezon City here in the Philippines. It was a sold out and jampacked first time event of that magnitude to ever happen in Manila soil. Ali drew crowd everywhere he went most especially during his open public training. He was noted for having bashed at Frazier a lot prior to the match and that was to drumbeat and draw more attention to the anticipated event.
Of course, Ali won at the end of Round 14. He gave the crowd a very good fight to remember!
My dad is a boxing fanatic and for sure, he was able to watch this fight which was televised live then.
Thanks to YouTube, I can watch this popular fight over and over and over.
Ali10As a gift and tribute to Ali for winning that historic fight, the Araneta’s built a mall in Ali’s name and simply calling it ALI MALL. The legendary boxer himself came back in 1976 to personally open his mall to the cheering public. Way to goooo!

alimall2The original font of Ali Mall.
AliMallThe stylish font of Ali Mall these days.

Ali was also a doting father and grand dad to all his children 9 of them – 7 daughters and 2 sons.
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Ali9Boxing legends never fade. Their legacy continues. Just like the legacy of Muhammad Ali. He may have gone to boxing heaven but his contributions and life lessons will forever live on.

Thank you…thank you…THANK YOU!!!  ♥♥♥

Photo credits: Many thanks to all the online photos used for this tribute. You all rock like Ali! 

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