Muhammad Ali: “Float like a butterfly…sting like a bee.”
With Muhammad Ali in attendance, the U.S. Olympic Committee premiered this video in London honoring the career of Ali on the night before the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The Last Angry Fan provides further background:
The great Muhammad Ali is not only a boxing legend and cultural icon, but he’s also a former Olympic champion, having won the light heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome when he was still known as Cassius Clay. So the USOC decided to honor Ali the night before the opening of the London Olympic Games at their Team USA 2012 Benefit Gala at the USA House in London with a special video tribute.
…Back in the days before Parkinson’s ravaged his body and took away his ability to speak, Ali was one of the most eloquent, articulate people ever seen, with a keen wit and sharp mind, and the ability to work his unique brand of prose and poetry seamlessly into his pre-fight predictions and post-fight exclamations.
The USOC commissioned DJ Steve Porter to produce the video montage. Porter has created many outstanding sports remix videos that have gone viral including the “All he does is win” Tim Tebow mashup.
As a former Olympic gold medalist and world’s heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali is considered one of the most famous and revered athletes in the world. He compiled a professional boxing record of 56-5, with 37 knockouts. His illustrious career included famous bouts with Frazier, Sonny Liston, Ken Norton, and George Foreman.
Muhammad Ali celebrated his 70th birthday last February at a star-studded event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Watch the video tribute to Muhammad Ali: