Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
~ Sports Catchphrase [13024]

Muhammad Ali is considered "The Greatest" fighter of all time. He has beat more top contenders and boxing champions than any other heavyweight champion. Plus, he was one of the greatest self-promoters in sports history. Known for his poetic utterances, "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee" is undoubtably his most famous.

Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, first said his famous words during his weigh-in before his championship fight with Sonny Liston in 1964. The next day, at age 22, he became the youngest fighter to win a title from a reigning champion.

The phrase has stood the test of time for nearly five decades. It is often repeated by people all around the world.


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