9. Muhammad Ali, Boxing
“The People’s Champion” is unquestionably the most legendary trash talker of all time. His quotes have gone down as some of the most influential, important, and effective forms of talking smack in the history of sports. Ali as fluid in his speech as he was on his feet, and his brilliant quips seemed to infuriate his opponents as effectively as they wowed the sports media. “The Louisville Lip”—that’s what they called him before “The Greatest”—was relentless during the lead-up to his fights against boxers like Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman, saying anything and everything to knock out his opponents before they even stepped into the ring.
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