Muhammad Ali electrifies the atmosphere in London ahead of Games
None of the imposing grace of his “butterfly” heyday remains. And he appears slighter and even more frail than in recent years.
But Muhammad Ali”s newest slogan, one of many the silver-tongued athlete has coined in his time, is “The greatest is yet to come”.
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And this will to keep on in the face of any challenge electrified the atmosphere at a pre-Olympics award ceremony when the legendary boxer appeared in London on Tuesday.
Escorted by his wife Lonnie, Ali, now 70 and blighted by Parkinson”s, was giving a prize on behalf of his foundation, which inspires young people to help their communities.
The recipient Matiullah Haidar, 19, who came to Britain four years ago after losing his whole family on a single day in the Afghanistan conflict.
His host David Beckham looked proud to welcome to Britain the icon, who used to boast he could “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee."
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