Boxing Kingdom shared a clip from the 1977 release ‘The Greatest,’ starring Muhammad Ali, who played himself. The intriguing footage shows an enraged Sonny Liston firing blanks at Muhammad Ali and his entourage in a Las Vegas casino. Roughly five million people have already viewed the post. A commotion ensued in the comments section, as it mostly happens with anything and everything that has to do with the greatest.
The post did a commendable job of adding a disclaimer about the video. Veteran actor Roger E. Mosley played the role of Sonny Liston. While the majority of fans poured out their love and admiration, a few got busy with contrasts in times. Let’s see what they had to say.
The time Muhammad Ali’s fear gripped fans
Finding the footage out of this world, the following user could exclaim, “Insane.”
This fan managed to draw an analogy. Many deride modern-day YouTubers for their theatrical ‘beef’ that could bring irredeemable disgrace to boxing. However, they tend to neglect all the promotional activities that Muhammad Ali participated in in the days gone by to attract more attention.
Focusing on the clip, the following user highlighted Ali’s infamous zero-to-one hundred miles-per-hour sprint at the sight of a firearm. The user quoted the saying about no one or nothing ever frightening a person except for actual danger.
The following fan also drew comparisons. Dillon Danis has habitually shared a woman’s (read, Nina Agdal’s) photo now and then to promote his upcoming bout with Logan Paul. Whereas in the past, such innocuous movies did the job satisfactorily.
This is another fan who took a dig at the footage. He declared that Muhammad Ali must have bit down on the bullet, spat it out, and proclaimed himself the greatest of all time.
Released across the United States and the United Kingdom on May 19, 1977, ‘The Greatest’ covered different phases of Muhammad Ali’s life. From the time he won the Olympic gold medal in Rome to the Sony Liston matches, it touched on his embracing Islam and refusal to enlist in the U.S. Army, resulting in a three-year ban from boxing. Finally, he returned in 1970 and became a world champion after the 1974 ‘Rumble in the Jungle.’