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Muhammad Ali is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. He remains the only three-time lineal heavyweight champion; he won the title in 1964, 1974 and 1978. Between February 25, 1964, and September 19, 1964, Ali reigned as the undisputed heavyweight champion. He is the only boxer to be named The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year six times. He was ranked as the greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated and the Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC. ESPN SportsCentury ranked him the 3rd greatest athlete of the 20th century. Nicknamed "The Greatest", he was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these were the first Liston fight; the "Fight of the Century", "Super Fight II" and the "Thrilla in Manila" versus his rival Joe Frazier; and "The Rumble in the Jungle" versus George Foreman. (AP Photo)

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In this Thursday Feb. 4, 1999, photo, Muhammad Ali, known as "The Greatest," poses next to a Wheaties poster during the unveiling of the 75th anniversary cereal box in his honor, in New York. Ali was one of the greatest athletes of all time, but he didn't cash in on product endorsements during his prime the way you'd expect today. Ali was featured on the Wheaties box in 1999, long after he retired, and was the first boxers to appear there. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

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Members of the public line up waiting for the ticket office to open for tickets for Muhammad Ali's Jenazah service at Freedom Hall Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. The day before his star-studded funeral, members of Ali's Islamic faith will get their chance to say a traditional goodbye during a Jenazah, a traditional Muslim funeral. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Muhammad Ali frowns for the benefit of cameramen on Tuesday, August 16, 1978, during a news conference at his Deer Lake, Pennsylvania Camp. Giant-size glove he wears bears autographs. On a more serious note, Ali told newsmen that the thought "...just four more weeks," rolls around in his head like a stuck phonograph needle. The four weeks, of course, refers to the September 15 date he has with Leon Spinks in New Orleans. That's when Ali expects to redeem his humiliating defeat of six months ago, when he lost his title to Spinks. (AP Photo/David Pickoff)

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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 1975, file photo, Muhammad Ali punches a speed bag at the Folk Art Center in Manila, Philippines, as he prepares his title fight against Joe Frazier. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/Jess Tan, File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Muhammad Ali is shown before the Ali Humanitarian Awards ceremony in Louisville, Ky. A spokesman for boxing great Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight champion is being treated in a hospital for a respiratory issue. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Thursday, June 2, 2016, that Ali is being treated by doctors as a precaution. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

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Former heavyweight champion Joe Louis, left, playfully jabs a finger under the eye of present champ Muhammad Ali, at the Boxing Writers Association's 50th Anniversary dinner in New York, May 19, 1975. Ali was named Fighter of the Year and Louis was honored as boxing's Man of the Half Century. (AP Photo)

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Former heavyweight champion Joe Louis, left, playfully jabs a finger under the eye of present champ Muhammad Ali, at the Boxing Writers Association's 50th Anniversary dinner in New York, May 19, 1975. Ali was named Fighter of the Year and Louis was honored as boxing's Man of the Half Century. (AP Photo)

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US American boxer Muhammad Ali (former Cassius Clay) playfully places a punch at Joe Louis's belly in a hotel in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, September 3, 1966. (AP Photo)

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FILE - In this July 27, 1971, file photo, Referee Jay Edson, left, keeps an eye on the fight between Muhammad Ali and Jimmy Ellis, right, in the 12th round of their heavyweight fight in Houston. Ellis, a former heavyweight boxing champion who trained with fellow Louisville fighter Muhammad Ali and squared off against some of his era's best fighters, has died in his hometown Tuesday, May 6, 2014. He was 74. Ellis' brother, Jerry, said the ex-champion died at a Louisville hospital Tuesday after suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years. (AP Photo/File)

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Sonny Liston, in black trunks, is seen just before Muhammad Ali's "phantom punch" that knocked him out in 1 minute, 42 seconds of the first round during their heavyweight championship bout in Lewiston, Maine on May 25, 1965. (AP Photo/stf)

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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2012 file photo, Illusionist David Copperfield arrives at the Keep Memory Alive 16th Annual "Power of Love Gala" honoring Muhammad Ali with his 70th birthday celebration, in Las Vegas. Attorneys for Copperfield and several current and former Las Vegas stagehands say they’re talking about settling a pair of lawsuits filed in a dispute about trade secrets and overtime pay. A Feb. 15, 2014 federal lawsuit accuses Copperfield of sometimes making stagehands work 14 hours a day and seven days a week. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari, file)

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Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. The bout lasted only one minute into the first round. Ali is the only man ever to win the world heavyweight boxing championship three times. He also won a gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome as a member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team. In 1964 he dropped the name Cassius Clay and adopted the Muslim name Muhammad Ali. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

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Referees Jersey Joe Walcott tries to restrain an eager Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) as the heavyweight champion stood ready to resume action against a downed Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine on May 26, 1965 title fight. Ali kept his title via a one-round KO. (AP Photo)

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Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, left, is shown peering over to read scales as the weight of challenger Sonny Liston was first announced as 219 1/2, May 25, 1965, through error. After a recheck, it was set at 215 1/4. Ali came in at 206. (AP Photo/stf)

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Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over challenger Sonny Liston, who lies stretched on the canvas, in first and only round of the scheduled 15-round title bout in Lewiston, Maine, on May 25, 1965. Ali won on a KO. The referee is Joe Walcott. (AP Photo)