MuhammadAli’s fame came from inside the boxing ring, but his legend stretched outside the ropes.
Ali didn’t reserve his potent stings for boxing matches he playfully battled with interviewers and asserted opinions with confidence for talk show audiences. He even flexed his singing skills in a duet with Sam Cooke in 1964.
Take a look below at the moments that helped turn a boxer into an icon.
The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, 1972
Muhammad Ali and Sam Cooke singing “The Gang’s All Here,” 1964
On “Getting ready to meet God,” 1977
Muhammad Ali and the Jackson 5, 1977
Muhammad Ali surprises Sylvester Stallone at the Oscars, 1977
“This Is Your Life,” 1978
“Arsenio Hall Show” with Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson, 1989
“The Oprah Winfrey Show” with Will Smith, 1998
Interviews with Howard Cosell
Tribute to Heroes with Will Smith, 2001
1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony
“Wogan” with Joe Frazier and George Foreman, 1989
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