“Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

–Muhammad Ali

 

Born Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali is in a league of his own in the sport that he was involved in. His larger than life personality, trash-talking opponents and what some termed reckless overconfidence shot both him and boxing to new heights of fame during a long and illustrious career that consisted of 61 fights out which there were only five losses. Because of a seemingly impossible 56-5 record, he was known primarily as a legend of the sport of boxing, but many people forget the influence Muhammad Ali had in the civil rights movement as the biggest celebrity follower of the cult, the Nation of Islam, and a long-time friend of Malcolm X. He later embraced Islam in its true form in 1975, and even accepted the adulation of white fans, something he shunned previously.