Muhammad Ali's Health Is Deteriorating, According To Former Manager

Entertainment | 11/05/2015 | 10:36 PM EST

Boxing legend 'prisoner in his own body'

Muhammad Ali
 may be facing his greatest fight ever, as he battles to stay alive.

The former boxing world champion's health continues to deterioriate and is a "prisoner in his own body," says his former manager Gene Kilroy.

“It’s hard seeing him as he is today,” Kilroy said, according to the Daily News.

“He can just about walk and his speech is slurred. It takes huge effort for him to make the simplest communication now, but when he does, every word is worthwhile."

Kilroy is a business partner and close friend of Ali. The pair met at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.


Though his days seem numbered, Kilroy says Ali "has no fear."

“He says, ‘I’ll stay here as long as God wants me to. When my time comes I’ll have no regrets. I have achieved a lot.’”

The boxing great has long struggled with his health since being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1984. Last month, he was rushed to the hospital for pneumonia. He was readmitted a few weeks later for a urinary tract infection after being found unresponsive in his bed.

(Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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