Muhammad Ali

Stars, politicians and 15,000 fans turn out to send off Muhammed Ali

The people's champ could not have wished for a more perfect send-off. The sky over his native Louisville was crystal blue. Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis – two of his successors when the heavyweight crown still meant something – were among the pall bearers. At the funeral service a king was in attendance and a former president spoke. But, best of all, the people, the ordinary people who he had thrilled, inspired, and given hope, were there en masse to say goodbye.

The fight even Muhammad Ali could not win

'The Greatest' will be laid to rest on Friday in his birthplace Louisville, Kentucky. But the city is as divided by race and wealth as it was when Ali was still Cassius Clay, says Andrew Dewson

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