'The greatest has fought his final round' - Tributes pour in for the late Muhammad Ali
Published 04/06/2016 | 08:07
Tributes have flooded in from the sports world and beyond for Muhammad Ali.
Retired Irish professional boxer Barry McGuigan said that "we lost the greatest sportsman that's ever lived".
"God be good to Muhammed Ali," he tweeted.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield told MSNBC: "I'm glad to have known Ali because when I was a kid, at eight years old, I was told I would be like Ali.
"To take it upon yourself and say; 'I'm the greatest', you put yourself in a position for people to take pot shots at you. This is what Ali did. It's amazing him becoming three-time heavyweight champion of the world. At that time people thought, 'Who could beat three?
"You have to be stronger to get up from a loss to go on and that's what Ali proved to be."
Former England footballer Gary Lineker tweeted: "The greatest has fought his final round. Muhammad Ali was the most magnificent athlete who transcended his sport."
Argentinian boxer Marcos Maidana, a two-weight former world champion, tweeted: "Muhammad Ali the all-time greatest has left us. Thanks for everything. Go with God."
Musician Wyclef Jean wrote: "I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. Rest in peace to the greatest @MuhammadAli #MuhammedAli we lost another legend."
Ralph Ali, Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy. A part of me slipped away, "The greatest piece" https://t.co/xVKOc9qtub— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
A child asked Muhammad Ali what he would do when he retired. His long, beautiful answer stunned the crowd.https://t.co/qAuYcJUmv1— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 3, 2016
Today we lost the Greatest Sportsman that's ever lived #RIPMuhammadAli— Barry McGuigan (@ClonesCyclone) June 4, 2016
" If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it." -Muhammad Ali #TheGreatest Rest in Peace Champ!— Sajjan Jindal (@sajjanjindal59) June 4, 2016
The greatest has fought his final round. Muhammad Ali was the most magnificent athlete who transcended his sport. #RIP.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 4, 2016
Respect to the King. Rest in peace Muhammad Ali— Henry (@HenryHattis) June 4, 2016
Float like a butterfly sting like a bee R.I.P. Muhammad Ali— Dylan Jones (@DylanSladeJones) June 4, 2016
RIP the Greatest Cassius Clay Muhammad Ali. Sad day indeed #AliBomaye— Sir Joe (@joethegrouch) June 4, 2016
Once asked about his age Muhammad Ali said 'you are old as you think you are' #theworldsgreatest— Tony muthoni (@tonnieski) June 4, 2016