Muhammad Ali, who was born as Cassius Clay in 1942, is one of the greatest boxing icons in the world, whose personality has emerged as controversial, giving him honor and making him vilified at the same time. He changed his name later, after joining a new religious organization which was called the Nation of Islam, established in Detroit Michigan in 1930, to improve the spiritual, the social, the economic and the general welfare of the Africans Americans in the USA (Bingham and Max, 7). Through his exemplary boxing skills, and his wonderful character, he emerged as the most famous athlete in the world, which culminated with his being crowned the Sportsman of the Century and Sports Personality of the Century in 1999, by Sports Illustrated and the BBC respectively (Bingham and Max, 12). Muhammad Ali childhood and early life in sports.He was born in the year 1942, in Kentucky as the first born in a family of a father who was a painter and a mother who was a housewife (Bingham and Max, 2). He is a predominantly of African-American descent, whose ancestors were the American slaves operating in the South during the pre-civil war period. Despite his father being a Methodist, he allowed his mother to bring up Both Muhammad Ali and his younger brother as Baptists (Bingham and Max, 15). His early boxing career stemmed as a matter of default, when a thief had stolen his bicycle at the age of 12 years, and a boxer policeman advised him to learn boxing, so he could deal with such thieves.