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FOR JUNE 13, 2016

Sports Illustrated



He was the greatest boxer of all time, but Muhammad Ali's influence wasn't limited to the ring. An inspiration to many, Ali the social activist used his infectious personality and international platform to bring awareness to everything from civil rights to the Special Olympics to combatting Parkinson's disease. Go to as we celebrate Ali's life with a look at all 40 of the boxing legend's SI covers, a gallery of SI's 100 greatest Ali photos, senior editor Rich O'Brien's analysis of Ali's top 10 fights, the Louisville Lip's best quotes and knockout lines, and videos reflecting the champ's indelible mark on the world. Plus, read original essays by Gary Smith and Rick Reilly.


Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Last fall SI renamed the award it gives annually to a sports figure who has used his or her platform to improve the world in honor of The Greatest. On Oct. 1, 2015, the 40th anniversary of Ali's legendary Thrilla in Manila bout against Joe Frazier, SI dedicated the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award with a star-studded ceremony at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. Former heavyweight champion George Foreman, who lost his title to Ali in 1974's Rumble in the Jungle, spoke eloquently of his friend of more than four decades. "This is the greatest man I've ever met in my life," Foreman said. "I'd get excited, and my heart would beat [fast] every time that I met him." Watch Foreman's speech and relive the celebration at