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Chubby Checker

Muhammad Ali Is a Legend

... Because of ME!

10/5/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chubby Checker"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" ... "I am the greatest" ... "Joe Frazier is a gorilla" -- Chubby Checker says he's the inspiration behind Muhammad Ali's historic trash talk ... and without him, Ali would be a nobody.

Chubby was celebrating his 70th birthday at his good friend Zsa Zsa Gabor's house in L.A. on Monday -- telling us, back when Muhammad Ali was Cassius Clay, the young boxer asked Chubby how to get people to notice him.

At that moment, Chubby says he gave Clay what would become the secret to the boxer's fame -- a big mouth.

According to Chubby, he instructed Clay to get as loud and cocky as possible whenever he could -- both inside and outside the ring -- and before long, Clay became known for his trademark hubris.

Talk about a butterfly effect. Chubby says Ali still hasn't thanked him.

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What You Really Want To See    

Let me be the first to thank you on his behalf.

1116 days ago
2.

Casey     

Ali is a legend because he took on all-comers. He never dodged an opponent no matter how slim his chances were of being victorious.

1116 days ago
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SLH    

unless he taught him how to box, he should STFU

1116 days ago
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Cia    

Ali IS the greatest boxer of all time and a living legend. Chubby Checker is a good performer. However, Mr. Checker's comments are embarassing. I agree with SLH.

1116 days ago
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tlcmk    

They are doing fart jokes now. What a classy show.

1116 days ago
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The Real JJ    

Unless Chubby Checker taught him how knock a bi*** out, Chubby needs to sit his a** down somewhere and be quiet.

1116 days ago
7.

Jeff    

So What Man!?!?!? So I guess you run out of money so want his now!?!

1116 days ago
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Rhubino    

And if it weren't for Fats Domino, there would be no Chubby Checker. I'm surprised there was never a Fatsy Yahtzee or Rolly Rummoli.

1116 days ago
9.

moxie    

I thought Chubby invented the internet.

1116 days ago
10.

tessa    

there's always somebody on the sidelines wanting all the credit for success, chalk this up to an old man's blathering, smile kindly and move on, he's just ramblin'

1116 days ago
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amazon_woman    

WHO IS THIS CHUBBY CHECKER GUY ? NEVER HEARD OF HIM BEFORE.

1116 days ago
12.

jack-55d79    

In cases like that I think he could be telling the truth, but be totally wrong at the same time. In that lots of people may have told Ali something similar and he may have come to that conclusion totally independently anyway. I think that is often the case when people try to take sole credit for ideas that were of their time and going to happen anyway. Ali coincided with mass adoption of television and was among the first sportsmen to realise its importance and exploit it. A genius at his sport and the new media of the 1960...s.

1116 days ago
13.

Cheryl A.    

Chubby, you may be an okay singer (not one of my favs) but NO ONE can change anyones PERSONALITY with just a couple of words. NO ONE !!!!

1116 days ago
14.

Bubbles The Chimp    

That has to be one of the fakest afros I have ever seen.

1116 days ago
15.

soulflower    

PLEASE!!!!!!!!

1116 days ago
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