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The names Ali or once known as The Greatest If youre wondering about my name it was Cassius Marcellus Clay but later I changed it to Muhammad Ali Many boxers change their names only theirs were meant for a nick name mine was based on my beliefs I went from a slave name to a Muslim one even though not everyone agreed with me it really wasnt their choice Ill get into that in a moment I was born in Louisville Kylon on the 17th of January 1942 As a youngster I had problems in school because I was a skinny awkward little twerp I knew that I had to do something different but I just didnt know what When I was about your age I began my future career Who wouldve thought that a stolen bike was the key to the beginning of my story But it was in 1954 in Louisville Kentucky I had my bike stolen I was so upset So when I found a cop in a gym Joe Martin I told him that I was going to whup whoever stole my bike So the surprised Martin told me You better learn to box first I was a very determined dedicated and ambitious one who by the way didnt smoke or drink and that many might have said was what made me better then others The boxing was when it all started it was the beginning of the adventure of my life Within weeks 89-pound me had a first win Now I dont want to share too much of my past because to me present is more important So to sum it all up what set me apart from the other boys was two things one I was weak and two I outworked all the other boys For the next 27 years I was in the ring It was my dream to become the heavyweight champion of the
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