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Muhammad Ali through the years

World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali poses at the Royal Artillery Gymnasium in London while training for a 1966 fight against British champion Henry Cooper. Ali, who compiled a 56-5 professional record, is considered one of the greatest boxers of all-time. (Trevor Humphries / Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali, who was born Cassius Marcellus Clay on Jan. 17, 1942, is photographed as a 4-year-old next to his younger brother, Rudy, in an undated photo. He changed his name in 1964 after converting to Islam. (Christie’s New York)
Muhammad Ali, second from right, stands on the medal podium at the Olympic Games in Rome after winning the light-heavyweight gold medal. Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland, the man he beat in the final, is on his left. (IOC / Allsport)
Boxer Muhammad Ali is seen with his trainer, Angelo Dundee, at City Parks Gym in New York on Feb. 8, 1962. (Dan Grossi / Associated Press)

Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, is photographed at a chalkboard on the day of his Nov. 15, 1962, fight against Archie Moore. Ali defeated Moore in four rounds.

 (CSUN Archives)
Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, speaks with children, including his future wife, Lonnie, center, in Louisville, Ky., in 1963. It was the first time Ali and Lonnie met. (©Steve Schapiro/Fahey/Klein Gall / Hatje Cantz)

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, right, pretends to fall asleep while attending a news conference with former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson in 1965. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali, right, punches Floyd Patterson during their heavyweight fight in Las Vegas on Nov. 22, 1965. Ali won by TKO in the 12th round to retain his titles. (Associated Press)
Heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, left, and Muhammad Ali exchange punches during their first fight in Miami on Feb. 25, 1964. Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, defeated Liston by technical knockout in the seventh round to claim the title. (Hulton Deutsch / Allsport)
Comedian and singer Sammy Davis Jr., front, gets some boxing pointers from heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali at the Majestic Theatre in New York. (Corbis)
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting after knocking him down with a short, hard right to the jaw during their bout in Lewiston, Maine, on May 25, 1965. (John Rooney / Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali trains in London in 1966.  (Wesley / Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali, left, and Ernie Terrell stand face-to-face during a weigh-in for the title fight in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 6, 1967. Ali defeated Terrell in 15 rounds. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali, right, punches Oscar Bonavena during the third round of their heavyweight title fight on Dec. 7, 1970, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Ali won by technical knockout in the 15th round. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali is pictured at the Army induction center in Houston on April 28, 1967. Sports commentator Howard Cosell, left, holds an ABC microphone. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali lands a hard right to the head of Jerry Quarry during their heavyweight title fight Oct. 26, 1970, in Atlanta. Ali won by technical knockout in the third round. (Associated Press)
Joe Frazier lands a left to the head of Muhammad Ali during their heavyweight championship bout in New York on March 8, 1971. Frazier handed Ali his first professional loss. (Associated Press)
Joe Frazier stands over Muhammad Ali after knocking him down in the 15th round of their heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 8, 1971. (Associated Press)
Joe Frazier walks away after knocking down Muhammad Ali in the 15th round during their heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 8, 1971. Ali suffered the first loss of his professional career. (Associated Press)
Bob Foster connects to the head of Muhammad Ali during a bout at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel in Stateline, Nev., on Nov. 21, 1972. It took Ali eight rounds and several knockdowns to defeat Foster. (Associated Press)
Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali toys with ABC Sports commentator Howard Cosell before the start of Olympic boxing trials in West Point, N.Y., on Aug. 7, 1972. (Associated Press)
George Chuvalo connects with a left to the head of Muhammad Ali during their heavyweight bout on May 1, 1972. Ali defeated Chuvalo in 12 rounds. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali points to where Ken Norton, right, broke his jaw during their first fight in March 1973. Ali defeated Norton in their rematch on Sept. 10, 1973. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton connects with a left to his head during their heavyweight championship fight at the Forum on Sept. 10, 1973. Ali went on to win, avenging his loss to Norton in March of 1973. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali jolts Ken Norton with an overhead right while taking a left in return as the two battled it out in their rematch at the Forum on Sept. 10, 1973. Ali was awarded a split decision. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali, left, smiles as he plays notes on a piano while sitting next to recording artist Etta James on Sept. 22, 1974. (Horst Faas / Associated Press)
Young fans run alongside Muhammad Ali as he travels in a car in Zaire before his fight against George Foreman in October 1974. (Howard L. Bingham)
While in Zaire preparing for his upcoming bout against George Foreman, Muhammad Ali declares in the Lingala language, “ako bo mai ye,” which translates as “I will kill him” while appearing before a crowd of fans on Sept. 12, 1974. (Horst Faas / Associated Press)
Mobutu Sese Seko, center, president of Zaire, raises the arms of George Foreman, left, and Muhammad Ali during a rally in Kinshasa on Sept. 22, 1974, to promote their upcoming heavyweight title bout. (Horst Faas/ Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali feigns shock while supposedly spying on the Zaire training camp of opponent George Foreman in October 1974. (Howard L.Bingham )

Muhammad Ali playfully throws a fist at the camera while promoting his fight against George Foreman in Zaire in October 1974.

 (Howard Bingham)
Muhammad Ali winces after getting hit with a left to the rib cage by George Foreman during their heavyweight championship fight in Kinshasa, Zaire, on Oct. 30, 1974. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali, right, punches George Foreman in the head during their heavyweight title bout in Zaire on Oct. 30, 1974. (Ed Kolenovsky / Associated Press)
George Foreman, left, throws a punch at Muhammad Ali during their fight in Zaire in October 1974. Ali won by knockout in the eighth round. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali, top, knocks down George Foreman during their heavyweight championship bout in Zaire on Oct. 30, 1974. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali goes down in the ninth round of a title bout against Chuck Wepner in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 24, 1975. Ali tripped over Wepner’s foot, but the referee ruled it as a knockdown. Ali later knocked out Wepner in the 15th round to retain his title. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali, left, points while talking to Joe Frazier as promoter Don King stands between them during a news conference in New York on July 17, 1975 to announce their upcoming bout in the Philippines. (Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali, right, and Joe Frazier fight for the third time on Oct. 1, 1975, during their “Thrilla in Manila.” (Corbis / Bettmann)
Muhammad Ali kicks at Japanese wrestler Antonie Inoki during a fight in Tokyo in 1976. (Muhammad Ali, Antonie Inoki)
Muhammad Ali addressing the crowd before his heavyweight title victory over Leon Spinks in New Orleans in 1978. (Keystone / Getty Images)
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley playfully lands a left on the chin of Muhammad Ali while attending an event at the Coliseum on Sept. 8, 1973. (Los Angeles Times)
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, right, clowns around with Oscar De La Hoya while appearing together in New York on Dec. 2, 1997. (Doug Kanter / Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali watches as the flame climbs up to the Olympic torch while taking part in the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. (Doug Mills / Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali acknowledges the cheers of the crowd during halftime of the gold-medal basketball game between the United States and Yugoslavia at the Atlanta Olympic Games on Aug. 3, 1996. (Paul Morse / Los Angeles Times)
Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali throws playful punch toward a photographer while sitting on a bus in front of Locke High School in December 1996. (Ken Lubas / Los Angeles Times)
Muhammad Ali, left, and George Foreman arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Los Angeles on March 24, 1997. (E.J. Flynn / Associated Press)
Boxing great Muhammad Ali, left, and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield pose for the camera while attending the ESPY Awards in New York on Feb. 10, 1997. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali, right, and his daughter, boxer Laila Ali, pose for a picture during a celebrity roast for charity in Los Angeles on Nov. 16, 2000. (Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press)
President Bill Clinton presents boxing great Muhammad Ali with a Presidential Citizens Medal during a ceremony at the White House on Jan. 8, 2001. (Ron Edmonds / Associated Press)
Muhammad Ali stands with his wife, Lonnie, while waving to friends attending his 70th birthday celebration at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 14, 2012. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)
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