Mohammad Ali, the greatest ever boxer to have been born on this planet, died on Saturday morning at the age of 74.
Ali was regarded as one of the world’s best-known sportsmen and he died at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix in Arizona state, where he was undergoing treatment since Thursday.
Condolences have begun pouring in after the news of the legend’s death was flashed.
Boxing promoter Frank Warren: “What he did for his own race – being a black American – he stood up against the war in Vietnam to the detriment of his career and his life.
“I think at the time he was out of the ring for three years and was sentenced to five years in prison, which he appealed. To do that shows how strong his belief was. He probably paved the way for (Barack) Obama to be the president of America.”
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson tweets:
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) June 4, 2016
Manny Pacquiao, the former world champion and current politician,
“We lost a giant today. Boxing benefited from Muhammad Ali’s many talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefited from his humanity.”
Barry McGuigan, former world featherweight champion
“He was just the greatest sportsman that has ever been and we are very lucky that he happened to be involved in our sport. He was a very special man. He inspired millions of people.”
Former world heavyweight champion George Foreman told BBC that Muhammad Ali was “probably the greatest man I’ve ever met”.
He said Ali was a “big light” that shone on others adding that “You met Muhammad Ali and you became better because of his presence.”
Promoter Kellie Maloney
“If you asked my daughters who the favourite sportsman in the world is, they’d say Muhammad Ali. He didn’t just win battles in the ring, he won battles outside of the ring.
“He could hold a room. Even when he wasn’t well, people were in awe of him.”