QUOTE (Cheesey1 @ Nov 12 2011, 02:28 AM)
As much as I respect FMJ as a boxer and his very justifiable, yet arguable claim to be one of the very best of all time, you can not compare the legacy of Muhammad Ali to that of FMJ. Ali was literally on the frontline of crucial moments of history with people like Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. FMJ is definitely the best boxer right now, but he is able to do what he does because of people like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Okay...first off, I was being sarcastic w/ the revered comment. Secondly, I disagree. There is a very loose and superficial parallel b/t the two fighters. Young, loud, brash, irritating (to the masses) fighter, that chose to berate opponents no matter the interpretation from the public. Now, I'm sure Ali followers will call these things "master mind games/tricks". If you watch the very ending to Thrilla in Manila, in an interview on Oprah, Ali says, (paraphrasing) "I apologize to Joe Frazier. The things I said were to promote the fight." It's funny, Floyd has said this on a number of occasions (DLH (clearly, he meant the shit about DLH), Hatton, Chico.
Now, before we all take turns to misconstrue what I'm saying, stop (Hamma time! LOL..no seriously..) and think about it. I'm not comparing the times, political & social climates, etc. Granted, Thrilla in Manila was spoken from a pro-Joe Frazier point of view, but it definitely showcases how flawed a man, who is generally considered "The Greatest".
S/N: My favorite guy from later on in that era, Larry Holmes said it best, "Neither one could punch." <---classic