Muhammad Ali and the cost of greatness
Ali paid a terrible price for greatness in a sport that eventually consumed him
You can win and still lose. Be a champion and still be beaten down. Transcend a sport and still be consumed by its cruelty.
In 1998, the former world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson – who was then New York State Boxing Commissioner – was providing a deposition on video as part of a suit by the UFC, which was then suing to attempt to have the ban on it lifted.
Under three hours of questioning, it...
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