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Rasheda Ali, with her father, Muhammad Ali

The man once dubbed the “Greatest Fighter Ever”, and the “Most Famous Man of the Century” died at the age of 74 on Friday. Muhammad Ali, originally known as Cassius Clay, was born in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the only boxer to win the Heavyweight Boxing Championship three times, the last time in 1978.He died in a hospice setting with family members present in Arizona. Ali had retired from boxing at the age of 39 in 1981, although he remained an explosive social and political figure.

Ali had appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated 38 times and was widely known throughout the world. A match with Joe Frazier dubbed the “Thriller in Manila” in 1975, was perhaps his most famous, and certainly the most grueling fight. Some writers, including fight promoter, Bob Arum said this fight likely led to his physical problems. Davis Miller, the author of “Approaching Ali,” agreed that Ali “Was not the same guy anymore” after the Manila fight. “This guy fought more rounds than anyone else in boxing history.” When asked about what Ali was most proud about concerning his social accomplishments, some who worked closely with the boxer, said it was “his own personal kindness”– he enjoyed being kind and generous to others, including complete strangers.

The 22-year-old fighter came onto the world stage in 1964 with an upset victory over Sonny Liston to become the world champion. His great boxing career was interrupted in April of 1967 when he announced his conscientious-objector status (during the Vietnam war) and was stripped of his boxing championship. He didn’t fight again until he was nearly 29. Obama said Ali “Shook up the World,” may he Rest in Peace.” President George Bush had earlier honored him with the Medal of Honor in 2005. Leaders from around the world held an audience with the legendary boxer. His daughter, captured the complete meaning of Muhammad Ali when she Tweeted “The greatest man that ever lived. Daddy my best friend & my hero.”

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