Everybody stop talking now, attention…
As a tribute to the legend of Muhammad Ali, we look back at some of the moments that defined his career. This is a carefully selected photographic essay, coupled with a selection of quotes by him and others, to create a narrative that takes us through the years 1964 to 1974.
I am the Greatest!
“Liston will kill him, he’ll kill him in the first round.”
“He’s too ugly, the World’s Champ should be pretty, like me.”
“I’m the greatest fighter that ever lived, and I just turned 22 years old. I MUST be the greatest… I’m the king of the world… I’m pretty… I’m a baaad man… I shook up the world.”
“Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn’t choose it and I don’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name – it means beloved of God, and I insist people use it when people speak to me and of me.”
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
“Float like a butterfly sting like a bee – his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”
“That has to be the greatest fight ever, cause in ’71 they stopped the [Vietnam] war, if you can stop the war, it had to be a great fight”
Ali Bomaye, Ali Bomaye!
“You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned? wait till I whup Foreman’s behind.”
“30 seconds left in Round 8 / very even fight / Ali, a sneaky right hand / another sneaky right hand… …………”
“Everybody stop talking now, attention… I told ya, all of my critics, I told ya all, that I was the GREATEST OF ALL TIME…”
Rumble, young man, rumble!