- Pastor Adeboye has explained that former boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was his hero
- The cleric stated this during the church’s Holy Ghost Service for the month of February
- Muhammad Ali passed away on Friday, June 3, 2016 at a Phoenix-area hospital
The general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Enoch Adeboye has narrated how he once cried over the health status of late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Adeboye described the late boxing sensation as his hero while illustrating the supremacy of God to the congregation during the church’s Holy Ghost Service for the month of February.
In his message titled ‘God bless you (2)’ the cleric stated that it is one thing to be a champion while sharing an analysis of Ali who passed away in 2016 at the age of 74.
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Adeboye said via Pulse:
“It is one thing to be a champion, it is another thing to still be a champion. I will illustrate this by using Mohammad Ali of blessed memory.
“He was my hero, incidentally, we were born the same year and I was a boxer too; not of his class but I followed every fight that he fought. At least beginning from Sonny Liston, I can tell you every person that my hero fought.
“But then, one day I saw him when they asked him to light the torch for the Olympics and I saw my hero, the man who used to float like the butterfly and sting like a bee, I watched him shaking like the reed blown by the wind. His hands were shaking and it took a special effort to hold to the torch and I cried that day.
“The question I am asking is: ‘Is God an ex-champion?’ Glory be to God, the God who is going to bless you is not an ex-champion.”
Legendary boxer, who was referred to as 'The Greatest', Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, 2016 at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent few days treating respiratory complications.
Ali had suffered for three decades from the Parkinson's Disease, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical strength.
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The 42-year-old remained undefeated in his illustrious career winning all of his 50 professional fights.
Mayweather's closest rival Manny Pacquiao is ranked second, the only boxer to win titles in eight divisions and has a record of 62 wins seven losses and two draws.