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Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.

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The life and career of Muhammad Ali (1942- ) as seen chronologically in archival footage: Ali as a fighter, a personality, a political lightening rod, and a man. Boxers who fought him describe what led up to major fights and the matches themselves; they also offer personal revelations about their own lives: George Chuvalo's family losses, George Foreman's conversion, Ken Norton's gratitude, Ron Lyle's teaching, Earnie Shaver's encounter with the Klan, and Joe Frazier's good humor pack their own punch. The fighters talk about Ali's quickness, cunning, and recuperative powers - and how fighting him changed their lives. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Leon Spinks: After Ali changed it
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Leon Spinks: from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, everybody else started turning to Muslim. "My name is Cooly Clala Cleely or Hooly Hooly or Walla Walla." What the fuck is that? Well, my name's Leon and there ain't nothing white about that. So what the hell?
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A Documentary of the professional career of Muhammad Ali
15 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

FACING ALI is a fantastic documentary that is a befitting tribute to the man who is undeniably "The Greatest", Muhammad Ali. I absolutely loved this "career biography" that is told by some of his most significant former opponents like Joe Frazier and George Foreman. It is easy to see why Ali is the Greatest Fighter of all time. The film has a well blended combination of historical footage and contemporary interviews beginning with his early professional fights through his last fight with Larry Holmes. It recalls his conversion from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali and how he stood by his principles. We also get some insight into the men who fought him as they recount some of their own history. But mostly it is an affectionate tribute to great fighter and a great man.


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