Ali vs Gahndi

Posted: July 27, 2011 in Epic Battles
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So this is the first of Epic Battles that should have happened, where I pit two great historical figures in an epic battle to once and for all decide who is the greatest.

First up: Mohammed Ali vs Gandhi

This would be to obvious a result if it were merely a fight.  No, it is in fact a debate pitting the smooth talking, the self-proclaimed, the prettiest and greatest against a soft-spoken man who started a revolution.

So to back up the credentials of these two great debaters we shall have a quick look at the history of each.

Mohammad Ali ‘The Greatest’

Born 17 January 1942

Three time heavyweight champion winner of gold in the 1960 olympics,  light heavyweight division he was drafted and refused to serve in the Vietnam war due to his objection of the war on religious grounds.  He had an amazing professional record of 56 wins 5 losses  and amaturer record of 100 wins 5 losses.

So to understand the eloquence of Ali here are some of his quotes:

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”

“At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”

“I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.”

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”



Born 2 October 1869

Officially honoured as the Father of the Nation, started his history of non-violence in South Africa as a lawyer. He then became the starter of the non-violent revolution that eventually earned India it’s sovereignty.

And now some quotes:

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”

“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

“A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.”

So what is the outcome? Which of these men wins in a debate? While Gandhi undoubtably has the reverence and respect, but the pure charisma and quick wit of Ali wins out in the end.

Besides, if I was leader for non-violence, I’m not sure I’d start an argument with the greatest boxer of all time.

  1. codebeard says:

    I’d have paid to seen this!


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