How Muhammad Ali said he wanted to be remembered

Playboy Magazine posted its 1975 interview with Ali on Friday. The interviewer asked Ali whether he’d be remembered as the greatest fighter in history. Ali responded that he’d like to be remembered:

as a black man who won the heavyweight title and who was humorous and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him and who helped as many of his people as he could–financially and also in their fight for freedom, justice and equality. As a man who wouldn’t hurt his people’s dignity by doing anything that would embarrass them. As a man who tried to unite his people through the faith of Islam that he found when he listened to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. And if all that’s asking too much, then I guess I’d settle for being remembered only as a great boxing champion who became a preacher and a champion of his people. And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.

‘This is the Legend of Muhammad Ali, the Greatest Fighter That Ever Will Be’ – Playboy

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