A Twitter reaction to Muhammad Ali ‘The Greatest’ passing aged 74
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | June 4, 2016
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, widely renowned as the greatest ever in the sport, has sadly died aged 74 after suffering from Parkinson’s for over 30 years.
Although he quit the sport in 1981 after 61 professional fights (56-5, 37 KOs), he is still a household name and his fights with the likes of Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier and George Foreman are still remembered fondly to this day.
Interviewer: What would you like people to think about you when you're gone?
Muhammad Ali: pic.twitter.com/A7Zigq4iwp
— Joe Hall (@joehallwords) June 4, 2016
Ali may be gone but will certainly never be forgotten, and he leaves behind a huge legacy – one in particular that is still unmatched, being the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion.
It is clear that he has and forever will inspire generations of fighters and even other sportspeople, in his fighting style and confidence in and out of the ring, but here are just a few tributes from not only the boxing world but from others in awe of the American great…
World of boxing
Ali, Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy a part of me slipped away "the greatest piece" Muhammad Ali.
— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) June 4, 2016
"The Greatest" one of the most influential men that ever lived. RIP Muhammad Ali pic.twitter.com/E4cLvaq4fV
— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) June 4, 2016
RIP Muhammad Ali.
The passing of a Legend https://t.co/Q6wS72Aasc
— Carl Froch MBE (@Carl_Froch) June 4, 2016
He showed everyone how great he was! Waking up to the news that Muhammad Ali has passed away… https://t.co/hYM8TUPAyP
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) June 4, 2016
I'm absolutely devastated waking up to the news that my hero, the great Muhammad Ali has died. A… https://t.co/XpMcRyrY4T
— Anthony Ogogo (@AnthonyOgogo) June 4, 2016
RIP Muhammad Ali…we will miss your spirit and humanity. You were shunned,excoriated and jailed for the same reason that made you a hero…
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) June 4, 2016
Waking to the sad news that 'The Greatest' has passed. Rest in peace Muhammad Ali you shook up the World pic.twitter.com/RtzQxLMvLc
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 4, 2016
Olympic Champion ,World Champion ,The Peoples Champion,The Greatest
Muhammad Ali a man who inspired so so many RIPx pic.twitter.com/TogESHRV0d
— Joe Gallagher (@JoeG) June 4, 2016
The world of sport
RIP Muhammad Ali. You will always mean something special to me, Africa and the world. Thank you for all you did. pic.twitter.com/HFKfmi17Pq
— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) June 4, 2016
An inspiration. A legend. Forever a champion. RIP Muhammad Ali. pic.twitter.com/2TAlKmAOM8
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) June 4, 2016
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
RIP Muhammad Ali
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 4, 2016
Great man Muhammad Ali lost his last fight but will be in our hearts for ever. " float like a butterfly sting like a bee" #RIPMuhammadAli
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) June 4, 2016
Had the pleasure of meeting the Greatest at the Ryder Cup. An amazing and inspirational gentleman. RIP Muhammad Ali pic.twitter.com/RtOellqPPb
— Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) June 4, 2016
"When you're right, nobody remembers. When you're wrong, nobody forgets" Muhammad Ali. RIP the greatest of all time. pic.twitter.com/ZQomFSTyUE
— Arda Turan (@ArdaTuran) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest. Rest in paradise champ.
— Kenny Sansom (@KennySansom03) June 4, 2016
— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) June 4, 2016
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, the hands can't hit, what the eyes can't see" RIP Muhammad Ali
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) June 4, 2016
Saddened to hear of Muhammad Ali's death – the greatest sportsman of all times. Ali had great talent, was highly intelligent & courageous1/2
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2016
"If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologise." What a line, what a boxer, what a man, what a life. Muhammad Ali
— Will Carling (@willcarling) June 4, 2016
RIP Muhammad Ali. The most carismatic sportsman of all time and an inspiration in every single one of my training sessions. #AliBomaye
— Carlos Sainz (@carlosainz) June 4, 2016
RIP Muhammad Ali. The Greatest!
— Bobby George (@BobbyGeorge180) June 4, 2016
The sporting world lost a true legend overnight. RIP Muhammad Ali. pic.twitter.com/oH5vhmHaVs
— Everton (@Everton) June 4, 2016
The world mourns sad loss of Greatest Boxer of all time, RIP Muhammad Ali #SportsPersonalityOfTheCentury
— Phil Tufnell (@philtufnell) June 4, 2016
From around the world
'I hated every minute of training but I said, "Don't quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion.'" Muhammad Ali.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 4, 2016
PM: Muhammad Ali was not just a champion in the ring – he was a champion of civil rights, and a role model for so many people.
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali sadly passed. He was the greatest. RIP.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) June 4, 2016
— Dominic Monaghan. (@DomsWildThings) June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali he was the greatest, not just a great boxer but he fought for racial equality. Sad Loss to the world R.I.P
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) June 4, 2016
I had the honor of knowing #Muhammad Ali. He was simply The greatest inspiration to the whole world. Sad sad day.
— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) June 4, 2016
Sad news about Muhammad Ali. There goes another legend
— Leigh Francis (@LeighFrancis) June 4, 2016