Liston, Williams, Frazier Trilogy, Rumble in the Jungle, no Viet Cong called me n*gger. He was the greatest and he said so. Hunter S. Thompson said it best:
That was always the difference between Muhammed Ali and the rest of us. He came, he saw, and if he didn't entirely conquer -- he came as close as anybody we are likely to see in the lifetime of this doomed generation.
I agree with Elvis (and there certainly was not other like the king as well). Although, I don't know if you watched any of Joe Louis' fights, this man was incredible. Now, would he in his prime and Ali in his have defeated Ali? I will venture to say, both would have given boxing lovers memories that would have last a lifetime...
I made this ballot under my One_Dollar name, lol. What was I thinking? You'll have to excuse me, I'm not very good at sports. My teacher calls me sparrow legs, lol. How we laugh in the back seat of his corvette.
We never actually saw Ali in his prime. When he became champ he was as fast as lightning but still learning. He lost his best years during the time of his banishment from boxing in the late 60s. By the time he fought Frazier in '71, he was still great but slower. From the middle 70s to the end of his career, let's face it, he sucked. He stayed in the game way too long. I saw him get pounded around the ring by fighters he would have annihilated a decade earlier - and the judges still gave him the decisions just because he was Ali.