Muhammad Ali: A Life In Words and Pictures

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali may have passed away recently on June 4 at the age of 74, but his legend will live on in pictures and memories — especially the video at the end of this post.

Muhammad Ali at age 12.




His professional boxing debut was on October 29, 1960, in Louisville’s Freedom Hall against Tunney Hunsaker.


Ali at City Parks Gym in New York in February 1962.


Muhammad Ali training in his gym in May 1965.

Ali standing over fallen challenger Sonny Liston after a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine.



Heavyweight champion Ali speaking to the Illinois Athletic Commission on Feb. 25, 1966 in Chicago.


Proving he’s more than just fists of fury, Ali sang with Johnny Carson, host of NBC’s Tonightshow, in February 1967 in New York.



Ali, left, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke with reporters on March 29, 1967 in Louisville, Ky.


Ali speaking at an anti-war rally at the University of Chicago on May 11, 1967.


Ali addressing a gathering at a Black Muslim convention in Chicago.


Muhammad Ali was pushed into the ropes by heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, left, during the fourth round of their heavyweight title bout on March 8, 1971 in New York.




George Foreman takes a right to the head from Ali in the 7th round in the boxing match dubbed “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa, Zaire.


Hungarian-born British boxer Joe Bugner took a beating in their title fight at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

Ali won the fight, keeping his World Heavyweight title.


Ali delivers a left and right to Joe Frazier in the 14th round of their title fight on Oct. 1, 1975 in Manila. Moments later, Frazier’s trainer signaled to the referee to stop the fight and Ali retained his heavyweight title.




Ali kissing his newborn daughter on Dec. 30, 1977 in Miami Beach. Laila would go on to be an unbeaten professional fighter in her own right.



Muhammad Ali and his wife, Veronica attend a Los Angeles Lakers game on Sept. 6, 1979.


Quite the unlikely trio: Muhammad Ali, Liberace, and Hulk Hogan got together at Madison Square Garden in preparation for their upcoming wrestling event on March 29, 1985.


During a visit to Beijing on Feb. 25, 1993, Ali was surrounded by hundreds of Chinese school children.



Here he’s participating in a ceremony for the holy month of Ramadan in the Royal Palace in Rabat, Morocco, in January 1996.



Ali held the torch before lighting the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.


Ali speaking with boxer Mike Tyson at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) student union ballroom in 1996.


Ali embraced Prince, a legend in his own right, during a meeting in Washington in June 1997 before a news conference where they announced plans for a benefit concert.


He received the Sports Illustrated 20th Century Sportsman of the Century Award in New York in December 1999.


Whitney Houston greeted Ali as he arrived on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to accept a GQ “Men of the Year” Award on Oct. 21, 1998.



Ali accompanied by his daughters Mya Mya, left, and Hana at the premiere of the film The Original Kings of Comedy in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2000.


Ali with his daughter Laila after she beat Suzy Taylor to win the IBA Super Middleweight title on Aug. 17, 2002 at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.



He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in Nov. 2005 in the East Room of the White House.


He had a front row seat to see his daughter Laila fight Asa Maria Sandell from Sweden in Berlin on Dec. 17, 2005.


Here he is with Carrie Underwood during Celebrity Fight Night XXII in Phoenix on April 8, 2016.


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