Man at His Best

50 Unforgettable Photos Of Muhammad Ali

We take a look back at some of the most powerful, memorable, fascinating photos of him ever captured.

BY ELIZABETH GRIFFIN | Jun 5, 2016 | Culture

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay in 1942, was arguably the greatest boxer of all time. Ali passed away Saturday at the age of 74. Here we take a look back at some of the most powerful, memorable, fascinating photos of him ever captured. 

AP | 1954, age 12.


AP | 1962, with trainer Angelo Dundee at City Parks Gym in New York.


Marvin Lichtner / Pix Inc. / The Life Images Collection | 1962, with trainer Angelo Dundee at City Parks Gym in New York.


Alamy | 1963, in London, England.


Alamy | 1963, in London, England.


Steve Schapiro | 1963, shadowboxing in his family's home in Louisville, Kentucky.


Getty | 1963, holding a pair of mini-boxing gloves at his family's home in Louisville, Kentucky.


AP | 1964, battling for heavyweight champion of the world against Sonny Liston in Miami, Florida.


AP | 1964, following his victory over Sonny Liston, which made him the new heavyweight champion of the world.


Getty | 1964, celebrating in Miami, Florida following his defeat of Sonny Liston.


Getty | 1964, from that same night post-heavyweight championship win with Malcom X (R) in Miami, Florida.


Getty | 1964, joking around with the Beatles (from left to right, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney) in Miami, Florida.


Harry Benson | 1965.


Getty | 1965, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Alamy | 1965, with his family in Louisville, Kentucky.


Alamy | 1965, reading through fan mail with his mother, Odessa in Louisville, Kentucky.


AP | 1966, in London, England.


R. McPhedran | 1966, ring training in London, England.


AP | 1966, with Henry Cooper and a corgi in London, England.


Alamy | 1966, Ali holds 3-year-old Mark Griffiths in London, England.


AP | 1966, Cleveland Williams lies on the canvas post-Ali takedown in Houston, Texas.


AP | 1967, receiving a check-up from Dr. Harry Kleinman at the New York Athletic Commission in New York City.


AP | 1967, with Wilt Chamberlain.


AP | 1967, with Johnny Carson, star of NBC-TV's 'Tonight' show, in New York City.


AP | 1967, greeting six-year-old Manuel de la Sierra of Mexico City, Mexico.


AP | 1967, with basketball players Bill Russell (L) and Kareem Abdul Jabbar (R) in Cleveland, Ohio.


Carl Fischer | 1968, Ali as St. Sebastian, shot for the cover of Esquire Magazine.


Alamy | 1968, listening to Elijah Muhammad speak at a convention in Chicago, Illinois.


AP | 1969, wearing a wig and beard for his acting debut in the musical 'Buck White' in New York City.


AP | 1970, in Houston, Texas following the refusal of his draft determent appeal by the Houston Selective Service appeals board.


Getty | 1971, training in Miami, Florida.


AP | 1971, having his photo taken by Andy Warhol in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania.


Getty | 1971, with his daughters, training for a fight in Zurich, Switzerland.


AP | 1971, in Miami, Florida.

 

Getty | 1971, taunting Joe Frazier at Frazier's training headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


AP | 1972, training in the snow in Stateline, Nevada.


Alamy | 1973, riding a horse in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania.


Alamy | 1973, in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Robert Walker / The New York Times | 1974, training in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania.


Getty | 1975, in a title fight against Joe Bugner at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.


AP | 1977, kissing his newborn daughter, Laila, in Miami, Florida.


Getty | 1978, with daughters Laila (L) and Hana (R) in London, England.


AP | 1978, in Moscow, Russia.


AP | 1978, taking part in prayers at a mosque in Moscow, Russia.


Alamy | 1981, training in the Bahamas.


Alamy | 1984, signing autographs for a mob of fans in Birmingham, Alabama.


AP | 1985, with Liberace and Hulk Hogan in New York City.


Getty | 1997, lighting the Olympic Torch in Atlanta, Georgia.


AP | 1997, with Prince in Washington, D.C.


Laila Ali | 2012, with granddaughter, Sydney.