Champions aren´t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision. I hated every minute of training, but I said, Dont quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion Muhammad Ali said once. Boxing legend who was secretly rushed to the hospital a few days ago, after falling unconscious at home, never got the chance to gain from his pain. He has suffered from Parkinsons disease for almost thirty years and although he has been recognised as a champion and been appreciated and loved by everyone, someone cant help but wonder: is that what he really meant when he was thinking about the rest of his life? I never got to understand what makes a big athlete really happy. Is it the moment, when they reach the top, the one that can make them feel fulfilled until they die? Is it enough? Can someone spend each day suffering, but feel certain that it is worth it, since he gained the fame and the glory of being a world champion?
I dont know what Muhammad Ali was thinking when he said that he didnt mind suffering as long as he got to live the rest of his life as a champion. Maybe the recognition is enough. The fantasy that you can have whatever you’d like without ever paying for it is an incredibly seductive fantasy. But the fact is, there is always a price to pay.
Relatives and friends of the champ have told the media, he may only have months left to live, but still enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. At the age of 69 Muhammad Ali tries to live as normal as possible and maybe, he now believes that there are more important things in life. I guess, if he regrets the sacrifices he made to get to the top, he will never let us know. He will keep smiling until his last breath. Because thats what Champions do