"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" - Muhammad Ali.
He started his amateur boxing training at the age of 12, won his first gold medal at the age of 18 and went on to become one of the most celebrated sports personalities in the world of the 20th century. The man inspiring inside as well as outside the ring, who later became the voice of racial injustice and the pillar of many motivating stories was born on 17 January 1942.
"It is going to happen because I am going to make it happen!" - Harvey Spectre
Who does not know about this "Best Closer The City Has Ever Seen" hot-shot lawyer from Suits? Harvey is loved for his wit, charm and above all the ability and skill 'to do his goddamn job well'. Suits fans are aware that he considers Muhammad Ali as his source of motivation. Well, here are a few parallels that make these two pieces cut from the same cloth:
"I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was" - M.Ali.
"According to me is the only according to that matters" - Harvey Spectre.
The first thing which grabs your attention as a viewer and ends up making you their fan is the amout of self-confidence they posses and portray. Well, empty vessels make more noise and thus they let their work and reputation speak for themselves.
"I hated every minute of training but I said, don't quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion"- M.Ali.
"That is the difference between you and me, you wanna loose small I wanna win big."- Harvey Spectre.
Rules of the game or minds of people, they know it well hence they be the best players.
One particular similarity though is the 'Fight of The Century' incident:
During Ali's exile from boxing.
Frazier lent Ali money and lobbied then president Richard Nixon to allow him to box. The friendship soured when Ali returned to boxing, and his "Fight of the Century" against Frazier was set for March 8, 1971 in Madison Square Garden. What hurt Frazier was the fact that he stood for Ali through his thick and thin and Ali ended up picking the most deadliest fight of his life against a mentor and a friend.
On the same lines, Harvey's prodigal "son" Mike Ross picks up a fight against him when he starts working as an Investment Banker. The fight turns ugly when both Harvey and Mike face each other across the settlement table. Time and Conditions however heal the wounds as Mike returns back to Harvey and 'forgive and forget' takes things back on track.
Smilarly in the Ali story, he later appologised Frazier for his trash talks and was granted forgiveness with the time.
Heroes become heroes after certain tests, we believe!
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