Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. But not just the greatest boxer, sportsman or competitor. He was the greatest wit too. And a man of principles and great dedication. A civil rights leader, he stood up for his race and his religion. As this excellent anecdote perfectly demonstrates.
Sports commentator and friend of Ali, Ronnie Nathanielsz, told the BBC of a story recently that will crack you up…
“There was a dinner hosted by Nene Araneta, the owner of the Coliseum, and there Ali met three beautiful models from England. And they invited him to come over to their room after the dinner.”
“In their room he asked for orange juice, sat down on the sofa and he preached about Islam until three o’clock in the morning. And then when we got out of the room, and went to his suite, he said ‘I fooled them, didn’t I?'”
Here’s the full story. What a champ. RIP.
— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) June 4, 2016