The Beatles (from left) Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison, take a fake blow from Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, while visiting the heavyweight contender at his training camp in Miami, Fla., on Feb. 18, 1964.(AP)
Muhammad Ali playfully throws a fist at the camera while promoting his fight against George Foreman in Zaire in October 1974.(Howard Bingham)
Fans are mourning after the world lost boxing legend Muhammad Ali on Friday. He was 74 and had been fighting Parkinson’s syndrome for many years.
Here, our readers share their best memories and lessons learned from Ali.
He wasn’t just the greatest boxer of my lifetime. He was probably the most charismatic person of my lifetime.
In 2003 when I was employed at LAX, the greatest heavyweight champ came through ... he waved at me while his hands shook from his CTE induced Parkinson’s.
I met him as a child when he came to our school as a guest speaker. His message was to stand up, and fight for what you think is right. Inspiring.
You stood up for your beliefs and took on all comers. You showed us one thing true: The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
I’ll always remember him starting the LA Marathon 1988 the year I ran it. A true sportsman. We will all remember him.
His brashness & personality influenced an entire generation.
I have had the honor of meeting the Champ three times. I have a treasured photo of him holding my son.
You would sting the competition, bruising their ambition, leaving them boggled, unable to comprehend...that you were the man.
Ali, we love you.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Rest in peace.