'The Greatest' Just Turned 74: Here Are Some Of His Most Iconic Pictures To Celebrate
"The Greatest" has turned 74. Muhammad Ali contested in 61 professional bouts and some of his most memorable moments are below.
From The Rumble in the Jungle to The Thrilla in Manila and Sonny Liston, Ali had some crazy moments throughout his career. He’s not just known for his physical jabs, but his verbal ones as well. His most famous: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, his hands can't hit what his eyes can't see". He used variations of the first half of this quote to describe his fighting style. The second half was used in mockery of George Foreman before their 1974 fight.
Ali’s other famous quote and monumental moment of his career: "Just take me to jail. He refused to serve in the Vietnam War when he was called. He was found guilty of draft evasion and stripped of his world heavyweight title. He would not fight for nearly four years.
The guys sat for a portrait leading up to the Thrilla in Manila. Ali verbally abused Frazier during the buildup to the fight, telling the media that "it will be a killa and a thrilla and a chilla when I get the gorilla in Manila.” King became a key figure in Ali's career, promoting his biggest fights, the Thrilla in Manila and the Rumble in the Jungle.
Diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome seven years earlier, Ali was still active. He traveled to Iraq during the Gulf War to meet with Saddam Hussein in an attempt to negotiate the release of American hostages.