‘I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.’
In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The symptoms include tremors, a tightening of the muscles, and slowness of movement and speech.
However, Ali remains a public figure, praised around the globe for his mastery of the sport of boxing, for standing up for what he believes, and for his courage in fighting the disease that now afflicts him. His daughter also boxes, carrying on the Ali name within the ring.
Now watch these clips of him fighting, and see for yourselves what all the fuss was about!