This post was originally posted at FRS Daily Times on Blogger, May, 2013
Imagine being a man whose about the closest thing to God that an athlete has ever been. You have both great physical strength and intelligence and you are the best that ever was and is and will be at what you do. You would feel pretty powerful like you can’t do anything wrong. Perhaps feeling invincible.
I mean think about it, that is the career of Muhammad Ali a man whose boxing career starts in the 1960s a product of the Vietnam Generation who get’s drafted into a war that most of his generation was against, who get’s drafted into it, who refuses to serve in the war, who wins his court case and loses not just his World Heavyweight Championship when he was clearly the best heavyweight in the world.
But Muhammad also loses his boxing license as well. Who get’s reinstated and get’s an opportunity to retain his world championship against another great heavyweight in Joe Frazier, who wins his rematch and then wins his title back against the strongest heavyweight of this generation in George Foreman. Now Muhammad is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion on top of the world for the second time in ten years.
Then Muhammad loses his title again to Ken Norton I believe in 1976, but wins it back against Leon Spinks after Spinks beat him in the first fight. Easily one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, but before that in 1975 wins the Thrilla in Manilla against Joe Frazier. Wins a fight where both he and Joe Frazier were lucky just to survive that fight, let alone win or lose it.
That should’ve been the fight where both Muhammad and Smokin Joe retires because they took so much punishment in that fight that they were never the same and have been both paying the price for it physically ever since. But you are Muhammad Ali, you are essentially the God of boxing who can’t be stopped and not face any challenge, but overcome it.
And after the last Frazier fight in 1975, from that point until 1980 with the Larry Holmes fight, Muhammad wins the World Heavyweight Championship for a third time which was a record then and now feels like he can probably do anything even beat the best heavyweight in the world when in Larry Holmes. When in reality Muhammad needed to be ten years younger probably or at least pre- Frazier III fight to beat Larry Holmes.The reason why this fight happened at all all, was for one the money of course for both fighters and everyone around them. But because Muhammad was someone who thought no challenge was out of his reach and that he was still on top of the world. Because of the incredible career that he had that no heavyweight had before or since as far as success. When the reality was instead that Muhammad was also human and not invincible and someone who took a fight that he had no business being in. And took a hell of a beating as a result.