Salute to a Butterfly


Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.  January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring. 

…..The Trials of Muhammad Ali, a documentary directed by Bill Siegel that focuses on Ali’s refusal of the draft during the Vietnam War, opened in Manhattan on August 23, 2013.  A made-for-TV movie called Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, also in 2013, dramatized the same aspect of Ali’s life.  Source: Wikipedia

He Was Banned From Boxing for Three Years during his prime

Following his arrest in 1967 for draft evasion, Ali was banned from boxing in the United States for three years by the New York State Athletic Commission and the World Boxing Association. During his time away from the ring, Ali spoke to colleges about his opposition to the Vietnam War.

Fast forward to 1970, when Atlanta, Georgia, had no state athletic commission and issued Ali a boxing license. A month later, Judge R. Mansfield of United States District Court ruled that Ali’s rights were violated by barring him from fighting. Judge Mansfield also noted that many other people who were convicted of crimes still had a license to fight in New York, according to the New York Times. His boxing license was then ordered to be reinstated by the New York Supreme Court…   Source:

Throughout his 25 year career, he amassed 56 wins and only lost five times – and attributed some of his victories to getting inside opponents’ heads with his unparalleled trash talk.  

“As widely known for his quick skills and moves inside the ring, the man formerly named Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was also known for the dozens of inspiring, sometimes hilarious quotes he said throughout his life.”  ‘Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee, your hands can’t hit, what your eyes can’t see.’   Source: DailyMail