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A scrawny Cassius Clay in 1954.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Cassius Clay, second from right, on the medal stand after winning gold in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: IOC / Allsport

The Louisville home today where Cassius Clay, later to be known as Muhammad Ali, grew up.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BRIAN BOHANNON / Associated Press

Now a pro, Cassius Clay with his trainer, Angelo Dundee, at City Parks Gym in New York on Feb. 8, 1962.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAN GROSSI / Associated Press

Cassius Clay on Nov. 15, 1962, predicts that he will knock out Archie Moore in their upcoming fight in Los Angeles. Clay, who became known as the Louisville Lip for his brash talk, backed up his prediction, putting Moore away in the fourth round. Clay also predicted that he would be the next champ via a knockout of Sonny Liston in eight rounds. He did it in seven.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harold P. Matosian / Associated Press

Clay prepares to take his mother, Odessa Grady Clay, for a ride in a new Cadillac convertible on April 4, 1963.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: H.B. LITTELL / Associated Press

Clay with his first wife, Sonji, in 1964, the year he changed his name to Muhammad Ali after converting to the Muslim faith.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

On Feb. 18, 1964, the Beatles -- from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison -- take a break from conquering America to clown around with the future champ on a visit to his training camp.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Ali and Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X leave a theater after viewing a screening of a film about Ali's title fight with Sonny Liston.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Wearing the Nigerian brown and white striped Agbada costume, Ali is greeted by a crowd of youngsters on a trip to Nigeria, on June 1, 1964.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

On May 25, 1965, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw. Ali had upset Liston to win the title 15 months before.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Rooney / Associated Press

Muhammad Ali blows out the candles on a cake baked for his 25th birthday in Houston on Jan. 17, 1967. The three-time former heavyweight champion is still a "big kid" who enjoys his birthday parties, his wife said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ED KOLENOVSKY / Associated Press

Muhammad Ali with his attorney Hayden Covington, right, on June 19, 1967, at the federal courthouse in Houston, where Ali was tried for draft evasion after he refused to be inducted into the armed services. "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong," Ali famously said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ed Kolenovsky / Associated Press

Muhammad Ali gets his gloves taped while training for a February 1967 title fight with Ernie Terrell.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Muhammad Ali attends a Nation of Islam meeting on Feb. 26, 1967. The initials FOI on his cap stand for Fruit of Islam, a male-only wing of the group.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Cannon / Associated Press

On March 8, 1971, Joe Frazier stands near the fallen Muhammad Ali as referee Art Mercante gestures during a boxing match at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was Frazier's heavyweight title that was on the line in the bout, but a lot of boxing fans still considered Ali the champion because he was stripped of the title and sent into boxing exile after refusing to be drafted.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Joe Frazier, right, appears to be smiling as challenger Muhammad Ali misses with a left in the heavyweight title fight in March 1971.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali toys with the hair of sports commentator Howard Cosell before the start of Olympic boxing trials in West Point, N.Y., in this Aug. 7, 1972, file photo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Boxer Muhammad Ali makes a face during a press luncheon in New York on Aug. 29, 1974, to promote ticket sales to Madison Square Garden, where the battle against George Foreman in Zaire in October would be shown on closed-circuit television.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ron Frehm / Associated Press

On Oct. 1, 1975, sweat flies from challenger Joe Frazier as heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali connects with a right in the ninth round of their heavyweight title fight in Manila, Philippines. Ali won the fight on a decision to retain the title.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mitsunori Chigita / Associated Press

Muhammad Ali, arms raised in victory, walks to his corner as referee Zack Clayton counts out George Foreman after Ali knocked him down in the eighth round of their title bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, on Oct. 29, 1974.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

At a dinner honoring the six "Outstanding Chicagoans of Today," boxing champ Muhammad Ali takes a playful poke at sportscaster Howard Cosell, as Ann Landers advises them to break it up on Nov. 11, 1977, in Chicago.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Muhammad Ali shouts while someone holds a poster predicting his third coming after his workout in New Orleans on Sept. 14, 1978, as he prepared to try to claim the heavyweight title for a third time, against Leon Spinks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

On Aug. 20, 1997, former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali kisses a Liberian orphan while residents cheer Ali's arrival at an orphanage for Liberian refugees at San Pedro, Ivory Coast. Ali and his entourage came on a goodwill visit to donate food, wheelchairs and medicine after receiving a letter asking for help from the mission's organizer, Sister M. Sponsa Beltran.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Guttenfelder / Associated Press

Muhammad Ali lights the Olympic torch at Centennial Olympic Park in December 2001, kicking off the Olympic Torch Relay to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2002 Winter Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CURTIS COMPTON / Agence France-Presse

Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali gestures toward photographers in a hotel lobby in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 28, 2006.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michel Euler / Associated Press

Muhammad Ali, left, welcomes his guests along with his wife, Lonnie, center, at a fundraiser for the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: The Muhammad Ali Center

Muhammad Ali, right, celebrates his 70th birthday next to his longtime trainer Angelo Dundee, at a fundraiser for the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., in January 2012. Dundee died the next month at age 90.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: The Muhammad Ali Center

Muhammad Ali, left, and NFL great Tom Jackson arrive for the coin toss before the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Haber / Associated Press

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6 Comments

  1. January 16, 2012, 9:53 pm

    To this very day, the greatest … of all time. Happy birthday champ.

    By: GoCatGo
  2. January 17, 2012, 12:06 pm

    I think he is the best so far tha we can’t let go without celiberating Him. The world shall forever remember Him

    By: vestr tawiah
  3. January 18, 2012, 3:16 pm

    WOW! HAPPY B'DAY TO YOU MR. ALI. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED, ADMIRED, REVERED & RESPECTED. WHEN IT COMES TO YOU, AGREEING W/A QUOTE OF YOURS, "IT AIN'T BRAGGING, IF YOU CAN BACK IT UP" :-) . . . AND, YOU ALWAYS DID. I KNOW OTHERS WILL AGREE W/ME WHEN I SAY, I FEEL TRULY BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN BORN IN THE 60'S, & TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE EXPERIENCED REAL BOXING, IN GENERAL, AND THE BIG RING BOUTS, THAT ARE NOW LEGENDARY. THANK YOU AND YOUR BOXING COMTEMPORARIES, FOR SHOWING US HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DONE & YOU ADDING WHAT ONLY YOU, MUHAMMAD ALI COULD: CHARISMA TO SPARE & LOTS OF LAUGHS (AND FOR ME: MY ETERNAL LOVE OF BOXING). THE BEST TO YOU AND YOURS ALWAYS . . . THANK YOU.

    By: Joanne c.
  4. January 19, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Mr. Boxing. Unparalleled in sporting history. Athlete of the millenium. The one and only. Thank you Ali.

    In almost 50 years of my life, meeting you remains one of the best moment of my life. Wishing you a long life with good health.

    By: zed
  5. January 22, 2013, 5:29 am

    A man for all seasons. His legacy is indelibly and forever written in stone.

    By: elmac55@outlook.com
  6. June 17, 2013, 6:25 am

    u will always be respected muhammad ali even wen u die to ur daughter will carry on ur legacy shes followin in her daddys foot steps we luv u ali

    By: ti-ti

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