Sunday, July 29, 2012
Muhammad Ali Documentary Is He To Old To Fight ?: Muhammad Ali vs Larry Holmes From 1980: The Man in The Mirror
To just put my cards on the table, Muhammad Ali is not only my favorite heavyweight of all time but my favorite boxer of all time. He's also the Greatest Heavyweight of All Time, when he called himself the Greatest of All Time and he did that back in the 1960s before he lost his Boxing License, because he refused to be drafted. To the Vietnam War which a lot of men in his generation did because they saw it as an immoral war. When Muhammad calls himself the Greatest of All Time, you should believe him because he's correct but even the Greatest don't completely understand their capabilities and limitations. When you reach the level of a Muhammad Ali where you are better then anyone else, at least at one time, you get the feeling that you are some type of God or something. That you are Unbeatable, that you are not vulnerable, no one can touch you which is the most dangerous position for any athlete to be in. Which is why all Superstars should have a core of trusted and knowledgeable advisers and friends who if anything know you and the abilities and limitations. That you have better then yourself because they are around you on a regular basis and see what you can do and what you can't do.
Muhammad Ali when he unfortunately fought Larry Holmes who was the World Heavyweight Champion when they fought in 1980. Didn't have someone to tell him, Muhammad, Holmes is the best in the World just entering his prime and is undefeated. A big strong powerful intelligent boxer, that just doesn't win his fights but beats his opponents up. Muhammad you are the Greatest of All Time but you are not the Greatest of Right Now, that title goes to Larry Holmes. What Muhammad was at the time was a 38 year old overweight boxer, who was at least five years past his prime. Who no longer had the same sting and power in his punches that he once had, where he could literally beat you up with his jab. A big tall strong fighter with devastating hand speed and accuracy, with his great footwork, could also avoid getting hit by big punches as well. Those days were at this point 5-10 years behind him.
When Muhammad Ali fought Larry Holmes for the World Heavyweight Championship in 1980, he no longer possessed the same skills that made him three time World Heavyweight Champion. And Muhammad simply didn't see that, what he saw was the man in the mirror to quote Michael Jackson. He saw the big beautiful body and still saw himself as the Greatest that was going win another World Championship and didn't see is eroding skills and as a result spent the whole fight getting beat up.