I am the greatest - Muhammad Ali

Probably slighted by Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s seeming arrogance and lack of respect, Muhammad Ali has finally broken his silence and took to Twitter to respond to the former’s outlandish claim of being better than everyone else. 042813 Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali (Credit: Boxing Insider) During an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Mayweather asserted his self-proclaimed superiority over two of the boxing’s greatest Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson. “No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me,” he told Smith. “No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that.” However, the man considered by many boxing enthusiast as one of the greatest, if not the greatest boxer of all time, is not the one to pass such a blatant display of pride.

On a Twitter post dated April 28, Ali wrote: “Don’t you forget, I am the greatest,” followed by the hashtag #MuhammadAli. Although the 73-year-old champion did not specifically mention to whom his message was directed at, it was obviously in reply to Mayweather’s claim. And it was obviously an attempt to finally settle the argument, once and for all. This was contrary to the opinion of another respected fighter –George Foreman. Reacting to Mayweather’s statement, Foreman seemed to agree with the former and told TMZ earlier: “Pound for pound, Floyd is better than me and Muhammad Ali ever were. This is a better generation by far. They’re smarter, they’re stronger, they’re overall just better fighters.” Ali, who is suffering from the degenerative Parkinson’s disease, has a record 56-5-0 with 37 knockout wins before he permanently retired from the sports in 1981. Nicknamed “The Greatest”, the man born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., fought with an unorthodox style which was epitomized by his catchphrase “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Generally considered as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time, Ali has won numerous accolades throughout his career including the “Sports Personality of the Century” awards both from Sports Illustrated and BBC. The Ring magazine placed him on the top of the ranking of the greatest heavyweights from all eras in 1998 while the Associated Press named him the best of all heavyweights in the 20th century in 1999.
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