Before Rocky Balboa won the hearts of moviegoers far and wide, a few real-life boxers captivated fans everywhere. At the top of that list has to be Muhammad Ali, who in addition to his incredible boxing prowess was just a fascinating individual with opinions he wasn’t afraid to share. He was immortalized in the 2001 film “Ali,” which earned actor Will Smith an Academy Award best actor nomination for his transformative depiction of the legend, who was often known for his unparalleled confidence.
Ali’s path was filled with the unexpected, and he wasn’t afraid of being different if it was in line with his core self. He was a fighter who moonlighted as a poet. As a boxer, he was different than most, relying more on his quick feet and his ability to “float." He changed his name, religion and took enormous risks to stand by his beliefs. Sure, he could be polarizing at times, but even his biggest detractors had to admit that he was a heck of a fighter. Despite his death in 2016, his legacy lives on through his charitable foundation, as well as his family members, including his daughter and former pro boxer, Laila Ali.
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see" was a famous Ali quote to describe his boxing style. What else can you learn about this boxing master? Take this quiz and discover if you have what it takes to knock it out!