Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

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Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali
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27th May 1963: American Heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) lying on his hotel bed in London. He holds up five fingers in a prediction of how many rounds it will take him to knock out British boxer Henry Cooper. (Photo by Len Trievnor/Express/Getty Images)

Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Cassius Clay, whose reputation as a talker runs neck and neck with his accomplishments as a boxer, buttons up his lips with a button purportedly sent to him heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, as he arrives at Idlewild Airport from London June 19th fresh from his TKO triumph over British heavyweight champ Henry Cooper June 18th. since Liston's implication obviously as that Clay should put up or shut up, Clay's retort was to hold up eight fingers- four on each hand, with thumbs folded-- to indicate the number of the round in which he intends to flatten Liston and take the title.

Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

From Taschen’s release GOAT: Greatest Of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali, the greatest sportsman of the modern era is depicted in a series of stunning photographs that spans the icons boxing career.

To honor this living legend, the publication recreated the vibrancy and power of the man himself in written form. Here, a selection of images historical images along with a personal note from Howard Bingham, Ali’s longtime friend and photographer on their first encounter.

“I met him in 1962. I was on assignment. I wasn’t such a boxing fan at the time. I went to the conference and took a photograph and left. Later on that afternoon, I saw him on the corner of 5th and Broadway, which is in downtown Los Angeles, about a block away from the Alexandra Hotel. I was driving down and saw these two guys just standing there on the corner in their suits. So, I said ‘Hey!’ and turned around and pulled over. I asked them if they wanted to join me and I’d show them around LA. And they liked the idea. They were just standing on the corner looking at the girls go by. And that’s exactly how we met. Thank god for that corner.” – Howard Bingham

Universally acclaimed as the greatest sportsman of the modern era, someone who transformed not just his sport but the cultural status of athletes everywhere, Muhammad Ali still towers over the “sweet science” of boxing, more than three decades after announcing his retirement. Acknowledged as one of the most remarkable personalities of our time and undoubtedly the most popular sporting personality ever, his status as the finest heavyweight champion to grace a ring is beyond all doubt.

To honor this living legend, TASCHEN created an epic book, as powerful and vibrant as the man himself, a phenomenal artefact that reflects the scale of Ali’s many achievements: GREATEST OF ALL TIME – A TRIBUTE TO MUHAMMAD ALI is a book with the power, courage, depth, creativity and dazzling energy of its extraordinary subject. Containing thousands of images—photography, art and memorabilia—from over 100 photographers and artists, 2 gatefold sequences, original essays as well as the best interviews and writing of the last five decades round off the picture of the Champ.

Today, seven years after the publication of GOAT, Ali’s genius can be shared with the widest possible audience. Smaller in size but not in impact, this new version brings the people’s champ to the people.

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