He was the most widely-known #1 FEAR on planet earth. He jabbed with his mouth, and with his fists, but which was quicker is difficult to say. Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) was a boxer, a civil rights protagonist, and simply “The Greatest,” but after three decades of battling Parkinson’s, the machine of a man could not dodge the final curtain, as Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications. He was 74 years old.
In every way, Ali was the quintessential #1 Brain Type, most notably seen in his amazing body control and dexterity. Remember that the FEAR potentially has the quickest reacting gross motor skills, and their vision is uncanny (among the top 2 BTs). Ali’s first boxing coach, Joe Martin, saw him win AAU titles, Golden Glove Championships, and his Olympic gold medal, stating, “His secret was his unusual eye speed. It was blinding… when he started fighting, Cassius was so fast with his eyes that you could give a guy a screen door and he wouldn’t hit Cassius 15 times with it in 15 rounds. He was different. Quick as lighting for a big man, the quickest I ever saw.”
Want to take a peak at his quickness? Watch the video below showing Ali dodging 23 punches in 10 seconds.
As stated earlier, Ali had a knack for talking, often in verse, and it earned him the dismissive nickname “the Louisville Lip.” As a boy, we also see a glimpse of his verbal, fun-loving nature. “He was just a playful person. He had a lot friends. We’d eat in the cafeteria, and he’d come in and crack his jokes and say little silly things and have all the table laughing.”
Old-timers may well remember Ali’s loss to Joe Frazier (#6 BEIR) back in the early 70s in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd. Titled, “the fight of the century,” the match went 15 rounds, and it was Ali’s first defeat as a pro. They met again in 1974, however, where Ali won in a unanimous decision, making him the lead challenger for the heavyweight title.
Of course, one of the #1‘s greatest pitfalls can be their need for attention, fame, and being noticed. “I never thought of the possibility of failing, only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won,” he wrote in an essay in 2009. “I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.” While there is certainly nothing wrong with believing you can accomplish something with hard work and discipline (which Ali certainly did), it’s always good to remember the word’s of “The Greatest” king to have ever lived, Solomon. “A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.”
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