Muhammed Ali honored in Las Vegas

The Gloves were sold, but who won the bid and what was it?

2/20/12 in Boxing   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Las Vegas hosted a celebration for Muhammed Ali's birthday, and part of the celebration included an auction.  One of the more hotly bid upon items was a pair of boxing gloves Ali wore in defense of his Championship belt.  

Rewind 46 years and the gloves, seen in the photo to the left, were worn by Cassius Clay in this bout against Floyd Patterson.

They were offered for bidding at the 70th birthday celebration, and reportedly taken home by UFC co-owner, Lorenzo Fetitta.  

Exactly what he paid for the gloves appears to be the problem.  Originally, it was reported that Fetitta had taken the gloves home for $750,000.  Shortly after that, however, it seems Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys jumped into the frey, bidding a cool million.  This morning it was reported that Fertitta had been the successful bidder, but the bid was $1.1 million.

Ali was diagnosed in 1984 with Parkinson's Syndrome, a disease which is more prevalent in boxers.  The celebration of his birthday and auction was organized to support the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Muhammed Ali Center.  Ali opened the center in 2005, to support peace, social responsibility and personal growth, all attributes Ali has demonstrated in his many interests world wide.  Whether the winning bid was $750,000 or $1.1 million (I hope) the money raised will go to an charity devoted to bettering the world we live in.
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