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Five years ago today, the world lost Muhammad Ali

He was called the People's Champion, The Louisville Lip, The Greatest.

Muhammad Ali's Daughters Laila Ali and Hana Ali remember him on fifth anniversary of his death today

Boxing great Muhammad Ali died five years ago on June 3, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 74

Ali, who called himself “The Greatest,” was born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 17, 1942. He was known for his speed, footwork, and agility in the ring. His reflexes and quickness allowed him to move like a lightweight despite being a heavyweight boxer.

The three-time world heavyweight boxing champion was one of the most iconic sports personalities of the 20th century. A boxing legend, humanitarian icon and the city's most famous native, Ali's death on June 3, 2016, put Louisville in the international spotlight. World leaders, celebrities, athletes and admirers of all backgrounds poured into the Bluegrass State to pay their respects to a man who had touched their lives.

After winning a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics as part of the U.S. Olympic boxing team, he went on to win the first of three heavyweight titles in 1964 at age 22.

Ali won his first heavyweight boxing title aged 22 against Sonny Liston and converted to the Nation of Islam shortly after, changing his name.

Muhammad Ali Inspirational Quotes

  • “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

  • “Impossible is temporary, Impossible is nothing.”

  • “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”

  • “If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.”

  • “It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.”

  • “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

  • “A man who has no imagination has no wings.”

  • “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.


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