Jimmy lives in a small Caribbean town where there’s not a lot to do. Fortunately, though, there is a boxing gym, and one day the owner, Don Apolinar, suggests that Jimmy start training. He also gives Jimmy a cardboard box full of books and newspaper clippings all about Muhammad Ali. Jimmy reads and re-reads as he never has before. He is filled with admiration for Ali, who famously said, “I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.” Jimmy starts to feel good, realizing that he doesn’t need to have a lot of fancy stuff, that he’s a pretty good boxer himself, and that he can look forward to the future. But by the time Don Apolinar has to leave for the big city, Jimmy realizes that he can have a great life running the gym, creating a library, dancing, and boxing—right where he is.
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