Watch: Muhammad Ali Gave Us a Master Class In Trash Talking With This Incredible Speech

10th May 1966:  Muhammad Ali training at the Territorial Army Gymnasium, White City, London for his title defence against Henry Cooper, the British champion. Ali is working out on a punch bag before an admiring audience.  (Photo by Wesley/Keystone/Getty Images)

Watch: Muhammad Ali Gave Us a Master Class In Trash Talking With This Incredible Speech

A verbal knockout that no one can touch.

Published June 4, 2016

There's no doubt that Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest athletes of all time, but the boxing icon was arguably even deadlier on the mic than he was in the ring. Ali had a gift for language, using it to make powerful statements of opposition, inspriation and, sometimes, even intimidation.

Here is what we believe is his the best speech he ever made to get himself, and reporters, hyped for a fight. Ali delivered it at a press conference in 1974, ahead of a fight against George Foreman, and it contains line after line of classic Ali-isms. "Imma show you, how great I am. Only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick. I'm so mean, I make medicine sick. Imma show you, how great I am," he boasts.

How many people do you know who can talk trash in prose?

G.O.A.T. for so many reasons.

Watch the original documentary Ali: The People's Champ on BET this Sunday, June 5, at noon.

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Wesley/Keystone/Getty Images)

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