I’m not sure what I exactly thought the champ Muhammad Ali would be doing on his 71st birthday, but I thought this was a really cool way that he spent it. Ali turned 71 last Thursday and celebrated it over the weekend. Check out what he did…
According to the Associated Press:
Muhammad Ali had a knockout of a 71st birthday, celebrating with friends and family and watching a video of his “Rumble in the Jungle” win over George Foreman in Africa.
Ali’s former business manager, Gene Kilroy, said the fighter — who has long suffered from Parkinson’s — particularly enjoyed a big birthday cake in the celebration Thursday at his home in a gated community just outside Phoenix.
“It was good to see him in great spirits and looking so good,” Kilroy said. “He’s very comfortable in his Parkinson’s body. As he said many times, it could be worse.”
Kilroy said Ali’s eyes lit up as he watched the video of himself knocking out Foreman in the 1974 fight in what was then Zaire. Foreman had been a big favorite in the fight, but Ali stopped him in the eighth round in one of the great upsets in heavyweight history.
“He was all excited watching it,” said Kilroy, who was with Ali in Zaire for the fight.