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The Greatest Boxer of All Time

Muhammad Ali.

An interesting twist of fate. From stolen bike at 12 years old to becoming the greatest boxer ever. Story has it that when he was 12 years old, he was furious to learn that his bike was stollen. Wanting to avenge for his lost bike, he learned boxing so that one day, he would relish the thought of beating whoever stole his bike. And the rest is history.

To Muhammad Ali, The Greatest is not enough. He wants “Double Greatest”. Personally, I don’t what would that be. “The Greatest Greatest”

I remember the time of Thrlla in Manila in 1975. I was in Grade 5 then, in an all boys school, living in the province. As expected, the craze that time was obviously about boxing. Who would have thought that a world heavy weight boxing championship be held in Manila. I remember very popular at that time was a puppet that throws punches when buttons were pressed. Almost every boy in the school had that puppet.

But even the greatest is vulnerable to the passages of life. One could only be the greatest at some point of life. But one does not stay there forever. I can still remember that time in 1996 during the Atlanta Olympics when the greatest could not even go up the stage by himself to light the Olympic Torch.  What has happened to the Greatest? It is a very humbling experience that reminds all of us mortals that one day, we will all meet our end in this world.

Nothing in this life is permanent. Even the greatest hasto face death, one of these days. And that is true to everyone, including you and I.

Life is short. Live it to the fullest.

An interesting twist of fate. From stolen bike at 12 years old to becoming the greatest boxer ever. Story has it that when he was 12 years old, he was furious to learn that his bike was stollen. Wanting to avenge for his lost bike, he learned boxing so that one day, he would relish the thought of beating whoever stole his bike. And th rest is history.

To Muhammad Ali The Greatest is not enough. He wants Double Greatest. Personally, I dont what would that be.

I remember during the Thrilla in Manila in 19__. I was in Grade 5 then in an all boys school, living in the province. As expected, the craze that time was obviously about boxing. Who  would have thought that a world heavy weight boxing championship be held in Manila. I remember very popular at that time was a puppet that throws punches when buttons were pressed. Almost every boy in the school had that puppet.

What is so striking about Muhammad Ali is his vulnerability. I could not not believe how he struggled to carry the olympic torch at the opening of LA Olympics. Way back then, seeing the spectcle, a question rang at the back of my head, “what has happened to the Greatest?

Nothing in this life is permanent. Even the greatest has, one of these days, to face death. And that is true to everyone, including you and I.

Life is short. Live it to the fullest.

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