Muhammad Ali told Young Muslim that Malcolm X "...was a good speaker. He was fearless. He helped me to come to Islam."
Muhammad Ali sought guidance and counsel from Malcolm X, whom he met several times. Just before Muhammad Ali's fight with Liston, Malcolm advised him to remember David and Goliath. Malcolm X was first to accept real Islam which later was adopted by Muhammad Ali as well.
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