By Jason Gonzalez
There are so many things that come to mind whenever the name Muhammad Ali pops up in any random conversation. The man was a larger than life figure that transcended time. Ali was a pioneer in the movement that ultimately bridged the gap between professional sports and social activism.
Simply put, Ali was cut from a different cloth. He was special. Ali distanced himself from the rest of his contemporaries, by utilizing his power for the betterment of not only black people, but for all people. Simply put, he was ahead of his time.
When people comment that there will never be another Ali, it’s rhetorical. They are simply stating the obvious. Since Ali’s untimely passing at the age of 74, it was only fitting that not just the boxing community, but the entire world celebrates the life of the man that we all came to know and love as “The Greatest”.
The Gallery of Fine Arts, located on the inside of The Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada has been showcasing an outstanding exhibit/display titled, “I Am the Greatest: Muhammad Ali” which runs through September 30.
The exhibition includes family photos, two of his championship rings, memorabilia from the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy, his robe with the iconic phrase “The People’s Champion” written in rhinestones, as well as excerpts of his best quotes posted on the walls throughout the location.
It isn’t a large exhibition by any stretch of the imagination. However, it serves its purpose. It is clear, concise, and straight forward. Each section in the exhibit has a specific theme. The themes are aligned with Ali’s six core principles that are confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality. In each specific area, you will either find video footage, photos, relics, or memorabilia associated with each domain.
At the end of the tour, spectators have the option of grabbing a ringside seat to watch a 25-minute video showcasing Ali’s biggest achievements both in and out of the ring. The video also highlights the philanthropic work that he did for charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics.
If you are in the Las Vegas area on or before the end of the month, make time to check out the exhibit. It’s a fun time and well worth the price of admission. You will not be disappointed. It’s a must for all fight fans alike.
The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Lastly all visitors are given an audio device to facilitate the comprehension of what you are observing at any point and time throughout your visit.
Tickets cost $18 for adults, $16 for students and senior citizens. All children 12 and younger are admitted free.
If you have any questions regarding tickets, you can contact the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art at (702) 693-7871