The Greatest of all essay of the life of Muhammad Ali told in his perspective as well as famous pullitzer prize winner Norman Mailer and other notable authors

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The world has been blessed over the centuries by great

individuals like Aristotle, Thomas Jefferson, and even

Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan. All of whom have

impacted society significantly during their time,

raising the levels of social prestige for the next

generation. It takes an extraordinary man of

confidence, dedication, and near flawlessness to be

universally known as simple "The Greatest". Muhammad

Ali has been quoted as "an American myth who has come

to mean many things to many people: a symbol of faith,

a symbol of conviction and defiance, a symbol of

beauty and skill and courage, a symbol of racial

pride, of wit and love." (Remnick) Ali, however, in

his majestic aura, was by no means a myth. His impact

on the World Boxing Association was unprecedented and

unexpected. Ali began his career at age 12 with

encouragement from policeman/boxing analyst Joe

Martin. These two met after young Cassius' bike was

stolen and he went to file a report.

From here, he

never looked back as boxing became the burning desire

in his flaming eyes. The young Mr. Clay was trained by

Joe Martin's close friend Mr. Fred Stoner. The

talented athlete bobbed and weaved his way to winning

100 out his 108 amateur fights; winning the Amateur

Athletic Union award and the Golden Gloves

Championship twice each. At the age of only 18 years

old, this bright eyed teenager stormed into Rome for

the 1960 Olympics and took the gold medal in the

light-heavyweight division. Ali signed a professional

contract that noted a fifty-fifty split of all revenue

with a group of twelve millionaires known as the

"Louisville Sponsoring Group". Before his first shot

at the boxing title versus then Champion of the world

Sonny Liston, he predicted in what round that he was...