Published On: Sun, Jun 5th, 2016

Muhammad Ali’s advice to Anthony Pratt: if you get in a fight, run

Anthony Pratt with Muhammad Ali and Alicia Silverstone during the making of a TV advertisement for Pratt's US box in 2004. Supplied

Billionaire Anthony Pratt remembers eagerly asking boxing legend Muhammad Ali some advice about fighting.

Pratt and the three-time heavyweight champion of the world had struck up a friendship during the late 1990s, when the now executive chairman of cardboard box and recycling giant Visy had employed Ali in an ambassadorial role and twice brought him to Australia.

It was also about the time Pratt’s late father, Richard, had famously hit Carlton footballer ‘Percy’ Jones with a well-timed right hook after the pair had argued outside a function, earning the Carlton benefactor some notoriety.

“I described this to Muhammad and then asked him what advice he would have for me should I ever get into a fight, ” the younger Pratt told The Australian Financial Review from New York on Sunday. “He looked at me and simply said, ‘Run’.”

Read the full story at  AFR, by John Stensholt


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