Because of the circumstances of this particular blog post, skipping my usual opening...
At about 12:20 AM, here on June 4, 2016, I saw the report that Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74.
Now obviously, I can't say I saw him fight 'live, but I have watched his fights via YouTube over the years, and yeah, he was the greatest, he the perfect guy you wanted on top in the world of boxing, he could talk trash and he could back it up... he had a charisma that was unmatched in his era, he's been often imitated, but never duplicated.
But let's also remember something... for all intents and purposes, Ali was involved in perhaps the first big 'Mixed Martial Arts' fight of all time, in his match with Antonio Inoki, which was a boxer vs wrestler match, but Inoki had a martial arts back ground as well... sure the fight was terrible, but it paved the way for the UFC years later.
Anyway, the guy was an icon, and he had a huge impact on not just sports but the world in general, and his presence is certainly going to be missed.