As the world deals with the death of person who was influential across so many different social spheres it can be hard to know how to remember them properly – luckily Muhammad Ali told us how to remember him.
After passing away aged 74, Ali will undoubtedly be remembered for boxing his way to become three-time heavyweight champion of the world his contribution to politics and race-relations cannot be ignored.
His winning quotes, pioneering trash talk and fizzing personality will leave a legacy arguably larger than his impressive sporting achievements.
However, when asked how he’d like to be remembered get gave an answer that is pure Ali, touching, charming and funny in equal measure:
I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times.
Who was humorous and who treated everyone right.
As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him.
And who helped as many people as he could.
As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what.
As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love.
And if all that’s too much then I guess I’d settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people.
And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.
RIP Muhammad Ali – you’ve left the world a less colourful place.