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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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31.

Tim    

Not true
Ali got his bad mouth from watching pro wrestlers

929 days ago
32.

Gary Martin    

Chubby is a "legend" because of Hank Ballard and **** Clark. I really don't think he should be the one to complain about being thanked. Probably the other way around.

928 days ago
33.

altrozero    

Celebrating your birthday at a-hole`s says everything about your mental and social status quo

928 days ago
34.

Norman Parker    

Checker is a a-hole. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are a dime a dozen. Ali is the one who made himself famous with his banter and boxing. I notice Chub waited until Ali is incapable of beating his azz before mentioning this. This buttmunch had one song. Ali beat dozens and dozens of opponents during boxing's heyday. STFU Chub.

928 days ago
35.

joelzwilliams    

Mr. Checker, I think you are minimizing Mohammad Ali's sacrifices in the gym. If Ali didn't spend the requisite 10,000 hours training (sparring, jumping rope, speedbag, running,dieting, etc.) no amount of trash talking would have mattered.

927 days ago
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Anntichrist S. Coulter    

"Chubby Checker," the ORIGINAL SPICE GIRL/MILLI VANILLI, only "exists" because of **** CLARK'S WIFE. They couldn't compete (much like the theft of "race records" by THE WHITEST IDIOT IN AMERICA, aka Pat Reich-Winger Nutbag BOONE) WITH THE *REAL* THING, Mr. Antoine "Fats" Domino, and yes, that is true and legal name, the idiots --- they couldn't compete with a young and ****y savant like Mr. Antoine, so they INVENTED a paler, "safer" version in "Chubby Checker." See the cheesy Philly mentality in the naming?

All the world wishes it were New Orleans, but when they get here, they treat it as the world's urinal. Same could be said for the whorehouse piano players whose names are still unknown, who took the ORIGINAL American art form, the BLUES, and put it up-tempo for the johns' entertainment. They never go their residuals in life and won't ever gain their well-deserved respect in death.

For Chubby Checker to claim "credit" for ANYTHING in his manufactured life is the HEIGHT of Uncle-Tom posturing and puffery. When he actually WRITES a song, THEN he can take credit for something. Mr. Antoine "Fats" Domino is a cultural icon and a world-shaking creator. Chubby is a fly-by-night fluffy little wannabe. I wonder who bought him the gigantic balls to claim ANY credit for The Great One's career --- beyond desperation as he fades into well-deserved obscurity. Slander Ali, sling-out your bull**** wherever you will, Mr. "Checker," nobody gives a rat's ass. Go find somebody ELSE to rip off, 'kay? I've got the records from the Peppermint Lounge, from whence you & ******tole "The Twist" from Joey Dee, the ORIGINALS. Can you dispute or take credit for THAT?

867 days ago
37.

Anntichrist S. Coulter    

"Chubby Checker," the ORIGINAL SPICE GIRL/MILLI VANILLI, only "exists" because of **** CLARK'S WIFE. They couldn't compete (much like the theft of "race records" by THE WHITEST IDIOT IN AMERICA, aka Pat Reich-Winger Nutbag BOONE) WITH THE *REAL* THING, Mr. Antoine "Fats" Domino, and yes, that is true and legal name, the idiots --- they couldn't compete with a young and ****y savant like Mr. Antoine, so they INVENTED a paler, "safer" version in "Chubby Checker." See the cheesy Philly mentality in the naming?

All the world wishes it were New Orleans, but when they get here, they treat it as the world's urinal. Same could be said for the whorehouse piano players whose names are still unknown, who took the ORIGINAL American art form, the BLUES, and put it up-tempo for the johns' entertainment. They never go their residuals in life and won't ever gain their well-deserved respect in death.

For Chubby Checker to claim "credit" for ANYTHING in his manufactured life is the HEIGHT of Uncle-Tom posturing and puffery. When he actually WRITES a song, THEN he can take credit for something. Mr. Antoine "Fats" Domino is a cultural icon and a world-shaking creator. Chubby is a fly-by-night fluffy little wannabe. I wonder who bought him the gigantic balls to claim ANY credit for The Great One's career --- beyond desperation as he fades into well-deserved obscurity. Slander Ali, sling-out your bull**** wherever you will, Mr. "Checker," nobody gives a rat's ass. Go find somebody ELSE to rip off, 'kay? I've got the records from the Peppermint Lounge, from whence you & ******tole "The Twist" from Joey Dee, the ORIGINALS. Can you dispute or take credit for THAT?

867 days ago
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www.legendarymoves.com    

Ali was a boxing legend, to check out startup legends go to www.legendarymoves.com

849 days ago
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