On this day: December 5, 2013 "I was amazed to discover that Mr. Mandela used to listen to my fights when he was imprisoned on Robben Island. That humbling revelation moved me to tears. There he was, a king in exile, being lifted up by my ring exploits. Had I known he was listening to Ali-Frazier I, I probably would’ve beaten Joe that night. I was always the greatest when I was fighting for something." -Muhammad Ali
On this day: December 5, 2013 “I know something about protest. I know well the feelings and questions that run through the mind of those who stand against a system, braving everything for a cause. It is never easy. The personal price is high, but the greatest of people persevere for the greater good. Modern South Africa is built on the back of Mr. Mandela’s sacrifice. It still amazes me, even to this day, that a man could give up two and half decades of his life, emerge from prison and forgive his imprisoners.” –Muhammad Ali
On this day: December 5, 2013 “What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale.” –Muhammad Ali
On this day: April 28, 1967 Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is pictured being escorted from the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station in Houston, Texas, by Lt. Col. J. Edwin McKee, commandant of the station, after Ali refused Army induction. Ali was convicted of draft evasion and sentenced to five years in prison and banned from boxing for three years, though he stayed out of prison while his case was being appealed and returned to the ring in 1970.