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‘The Greatest’ 5 moments for Muhammad Ali

In this May 25, 1965, file photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali raises his arms in victory as referee Joe Walcott, left, counts out Sonny Liston in the first round of their title fight in Lewiston, Maine. The bout produced one of the strangest finishes in boxing history as well as one of sports’ most iconic moments. (AP Photo/File)

Muhammad Ali died Friday night, and left behind a lifetime full of achievements and memories in and outside the ring.

Ali was one of the best boxers of all time, if not the standalone best, and was one of the most recognized human beings in the world.

From his 56-5 record in the ring, to his determination in his refusal to fight in Vietnam at the peak of his career, all the way to the end of his life and his inspiration to those with Parkinson’s disease, Ali’s “Greatest Moments” could be numbered into the hundreds.

It’s hard to choose the top five greatest moments of such a prolific career, so if you don’t agree with these, you probably aren’t alone. But these were all moments that were either monumental in who Ali became, or at the very least, represented who Ali was.

Here’s the top five moments of “The Greatest.”

#1- Ali finishes George Foreman with the “Rope a Dope”

#2- Ali vs. Joe Frazier “Thrilla in Manila”

#3- Ali becomes heavyweight champion of the world, overtakes Sonny Liston

#4- Ali says, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”

#5- Ali dodges 21 punches in 10 seconds

 


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