Muhammad Ali

Top 10 Facts

Fact 10

His first trainer was a cop in his city where he lived.

Fact 9

His original name is Cassius Clay

Fact 8

He changed his name to Muhammad Ali when he converted to Islam.

Fact 7

Ali is afraid of flying, and he almost canceled going to the Olympics to fight for the gold medal.

Fact 6

When he was denied access into a bar because he was black, he threw his gold Olympic medal into the Ohio river.

Fact 5

He later told the press that he didn't throw his medal, he actually misplaced it.

Fact 4

He was banned from boxing for three years for evading the draft for the Vietnam war.

Fact 3

An anonymous buyer purchased the gloves he wore to defeat Liston in the seventh round technical knockout for $836,000. Ali only earned $630,000 for the victory itself.

Fact 2

Ali starred in a Broadway musical, Ali played a militant black lecturer

Fact 1

Before being known as Muhammad Ali he was called Cassius X