The sports world hasn't just lost one of its greatest athletes in history, it lost its biggest character. From the moment
Twenty years before
Here are some of his classic quips:
"When you come to the fight, don't block the halls and don't block the door; for y'all may go home after round four."
"I'll beat him so bad, he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on."
"I ain't got no quarrel with them Vietcong."
"I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life."
"You think the world was shocked when
"I'm so mean, I make medicine sick."
"It'll be a killa and a chilla and a thrilla when I get the gorilla In Manila."
"I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free."
"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."
"Superman don't need no seat belt."
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Your hands can't hit what your eyes can't see."