Cassius Marcellus Clay Net WorthReal Name: Cassius Marcellus Clay
Date of Birth: 01/17/1942
Place of Birth: Louisville, Kentucky
2017 Net Worth: $50 Million
2016 Earnings: $7 Million
Profession: Professional Boxer, civil rights activist, philanthropist
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Mohammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, in January of 1942. Although he was born into an ordinary family, the life of Ali was anything but ordinary. When he was 12, someone stole his bicycle. Ali was screaming and kicking things. A police officer noticed the intense anger the boy had and suggested to him that he put that anger to use and learn boxing. It was a decision that would change his life.
Ali began training under Fred Stoner. Together, this pair would win numerous awards and titles, including 6 Kentucky Gold Gloves, and two National Gold Gloves. He went on to win a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic games, which were held in Rome, in the Light Heavyweight Boxing division. Ali claims in his autobiography that after he and some friends were denied entrance to a restaurant in Rome because they were black, he threw his medal in the river. Others have stated that this wasn’t true and that he simply lost the medal.
After the Olympics, Ali returned to Louisville to box as a professional. Ali was known for his quickness to avoid punches and accurately predicted 7 times in a row exactly which round he would knock out his opponent. Ali changed his name in 1964 after beating Sonny Liston and becoming the youngest champion, at that time, to hold the Heavy Weight Title. He converted to Islam and said he was rejecting his white “slave” name for a name that was more about who he was.
While most boxers let their managers do the talking, Ali was known to love the limelight. He would ridicule opponents and praise himself, calling himself “handsome”, “pretty”, or “the greatest”. While many in boxing loathed his self-praise, no one could resist listening.
This young boxing star further enraged whites when he refused to go to the Vietnam War. He cited that it was against his religion. He was found guilty of draft evasion and stripped of his titles. The Supreme Court overturned his conviction and restored his titles 4 years later.
Ali remains the only three time lineal World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion. Ali retired in 1981 but most who knew him say that he should have done so years earlier. Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1984. While he managed to deal with the symptoms and still maintain a public image, it slowly robbed him of even a ability to speak. Ali passed away in Phoenix, Arizona, of septic shock on June 3, 2016, at the age of 74.
The Greatest boxer of all time, who floated like a butterfly, but stung like a bee, was married 4 times and is survived by his 9 children. He will be interred in his hometown June 10, 2016.