Muhammad Ali Visits Ireland To Embrace His History
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali
Thousands of people chanted, “Ali” as the legendary fighter shadowed boxed in front of the camera in sheer bliss. During a trip to Ennis (in County Clare), Ireland, where Muhammad Ali‘s great-grandfather emigrated to the United States in 1860s, the bold fighter accepted a plaque in commemoration of his Irish roots.
The American boxer known for his witty word-play and charisma accepted the award in recognition of his sporting accomplishments and charity contributions.
If you’re wondering how the words “Ali” and “Irish” got placed in the same sentence, Ali’s great-grandfather married a freed slave. The 67-year-old legend was excited to visit his distant family.
He last fought in Ireland in 1972 and visited the island country during the 2003 Olympics. I’m sure it feels good to be home.