Video Duration 24 minutes 30 seconds
From: Inside Story

What made Muhammad Ali a legend?

More than 30 years after hanging up his gloves, Muhammad Ali, who died aged 74, still retains almost mythical status.

He was one of the most celebrated sportsmen of the 20th century – the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title three times.

But his global standing has been earned as much from his work outside the ring, as in.

He called himself “The Greatest” and few disagreed.

After a legendary boxing career of 20 years, Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the mid-1980s.

Despite the increasingly aggressive neurological disease, he continued to raise millions of dollars for charity and inspire communities.

He travelled the world in support of the downtrodden, gaining their admiration and of world leaders alike.

But he lost the ability to speak along with his famous wit as his illness got steadily worse.

The frequency of his hospital stays increased recently and he died in hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

So, how will the world remember Muhammad Ali?

Presenter: Martine Dennis


Chris Eubank – Former middleweight world champion

Michael Kirtley – Ali’s friend and international feature writer

Marc Spears – Sports writer