The greatest of them all.

Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74.

Muhammad Ali (BBC Sport)

Meanwhile….

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September 1, 2009

Ali leaves Turnpike Road in Ennis, County Clare, the location of the birthplace of his great grandfather Abe O’Grady. Earlier he had been made the first Freeman of Ennis.

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews

29 thoughts on “Lights Out

  1. Frilly Keane

    Ali bom by ay
    Ali bom by ay
    Ali bom by ay

    He was beautiful
    That VF cover with him roped in and shot with arrows is a masterpiece

    All the best lad

    1. Stumpy

      Why would you choose the ‘bomaye’ chant to commemorate the man? One of the greatest figures of the 20th C, but the run up to the Foreman fight was ugly.

  2. bisted

    “…Man, I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. No Vietcong ever called me nigger.”

    1. Harry Molloy

      Waitress – “We don’t serve black people ”
      Ali – “Good cause I don’t eat them”

    2. St. John Smythe

      he never actually said this, its a paraphrasing.

      “My conscious won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father… Shoot them for what? …How can I shoot them poor people, Just take me to jail.”

      1. Shayna

        Sorry, just watching the BBC tribute show about Ali – he did say it – on The Parkinson Show!

  3. Charlie

    The greatest and most charismatic sportsman that ever lived. My final living hero has left the building.

    1. rotide

      Always loved that photo. Toss up between that and the visceral one of him standing above liston

  4. topsy

    I remember getting up in the early hours, tuning in and listening to his fights. Great times, great man. RIP.

    1. Shayna

      I remember my dad (RIP) doing the same thing. My dad was always shouting for Ali during fights ever since Ali met Eddie Keher in Dublin. RIP.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      A true champion whose like will never be seen again. Probably a merciful release for such a vital, powerful man, although the world is the poorer for it.

  5. Serval

    Believing in Islam (or any other religion) isn’t very great.
    It doesn’t show much intelligence.

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