Muhammad Ali and the cost of greatness

Ali paid a terrible price for greatness in a sport that eventually consumed him

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
12th June, 2016
An image from Muhammad Alis final photo session, taken earlier this year; Picture: Zenon Texeira/Fame Flynet

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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