Muhammad Ali - The Greatest

Here are some of Muhammad Ali's quotes. Complete them. Think what kind of word is missing - none of them are difficult words. 

If you are struggling, at the end of the post I have put the answers (though in the wrong order). And you have to choose between two options.

"When will they ever have another fighter who writes poems, predicts rounds, beats everybody, makes people laugh, makes people cry, and is (1) tall and extra pretty (1) me? In the history of the world and from the beginning of time, there’s never been another fighter like me. Eat your words! Eat your words! I am the greatest."

"I am the greatest, I (2) that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I (2) it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest."

"I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed (3) the room was dark."  

"If you even dream of beating me, you'd (4) wake up and apologise."

"He who is not courageous enough (5) take risks will accomplish nothing in life."

"I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be (6) you want me to be. I'm free to be (6) I want."

"I (7) people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world."
"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people (8)."
"I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I'm (9) mean I make medicine sick."  
"I am America. I am the part you won't recognise. But (10) used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; (10) used to me."
 I"Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn (11) and go down the back of his head."
"I said a lot of things in the heat of the moment that I shouldn't (12) said. Called him names I shouldn't (12) called him. I apologise for that. I'm sorry. It was all meant to promote the fight."
"Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't (13) yourself believe it will happen to you." 
 "I’d (14) be punished here in this life than the hereafter."  
"Life is short; we get old so fast. It doesn’t (15) sense to waste time on hating."

Choose from:

  • after / before
  • what / that
  • so / such
  • have / had
  • make / have
  • like / as
  • better / ought
  • wish / hope
  • be / get
  • allow / let
  • said / told
  • for / to
  • up / out
  • over / around
  • prefer / rather

Boxing Idioms:

Source: You Tube (Learning English ESL) Key Words: boxing idioms English


brigida said…
Graham said…
Hi Brigida,

100% right. Well done!

How about a few tweets now? :D