KEY POINTS

  • George Foreman made a surprising Muhammad Ali revelation
  • Foreman suggested he would not change anything about his past rivalry with Ali
  • "Big George" and the late boxing icon became friends after their epic fight

George Foreman shared an interesting insight about his rivalry with Muhammad Ali.

During his active years in boxing, Foreman became famous for his incredible knockout power. Atop that, only the late Ali, whom he eventually became friends with, was able to knock him out inside the ring.

When recently asked by a fan on Twitter about the “one thing” he would have done differently before his fight with Ali, the 72-year-old suggested that he would not change a thing even if he is given the chance to do it all over again.

“I so Love my life; if one piece was missing, I’d have to erase a wonderful future,” Foreman wrote. “At this point it was not even [a] loss. Just a art of growing. Plus it added to [Ali’s] Joy.”

Indeed, Foreman and Ali became close pals after their epic heavyweight clash in 1974. The two world-class boxers have had a handful of unforgettable moments together, including some casual conversations via phone on an ordinary day.

According to Foreman, some may have not known the man like that, but Ali was always fun to talk to, even during the time he was already having speech problems.

“He’s never had anything negative to talk about, always, even when he couldn’t speak a lot, he had a joke to tell you,” Foreman recalled of Ali last year.

Though Foreman and Ali seldom talked about their rivalry in public, the former bared that they would often joke about a rematch on a whim.

“I asked him one time, ‘Muhammad, I want a rematch, what do you think?’ he said, ‘You crazy!.’ I said, So Muhammad, how’s your wife? ‘She crazy!’,” the former two-time world heavyweight champion recounted.

Not too many boxing icons have enjoyed a career quite as illustrious as Foreman has. In fact, “Big George” is still the oldest heavyweight boxing champion, having managed to win a world title at age 45.

Ali, on the other hand, is widely regarded as the greatest boxer of all time. The deceased former world champion professionally fought for more than two decades, and like Foreman, was only stopped once inside the ring.

To this day, an array of boxing legends still treasure the moments they had with Ali, including Sugar Ray Leonard.

In modern-day boxing, decorated world champions such as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the sport’s only eight-division titleholder Manny Pacquiao still look up to Ali.

Leon Spinks, who died Friday at age 67, is shown at right in the 1978 fight at Las Vegas where he defeated reigning champion Muhammad Ali, left, for the world heavyweight boxing championship
Leon Spinks, who died Friday at age 67, is shown at right in the 1978 fight at Las Vegas where he defeated reigning champion Muhammad Ali, left, for the world heavyweight boxing championship CONSOLIDATED NEWS PICTURES / -
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