greatest boxer

Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016. A people’s champion and a champion of humanity. Photography by Gordon Parks.

“I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.”
- Muhammad Ali

In 1969 Esquire​ gathered 100+ notables, including Truman Capote, James Earl Jones, Roy Lichtenstein, and Howard Cosell, in support of Muhammad Ali. The issue, designed by George Lois, is in our design collection.


[George Lois. Esquire Magazine, Issue no. 432, November 1969. 1969. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 George Lois]

Kevin is magical

Kevin is beautiful

Kevin is talented

Kevin is multi-lingual

Kevin is a boss

Kevin is amazing

Kevin is humble

Kevin is happy

Kevin is loving what he does for a living

Avi has a really cool room-mate

Kevin is a blessing

Kevin is hilarious

Kevin has the greatest laugh

I’m jealous of all who get to be around Kevin

Kevin is human

Kevin deserves respect and love

Kevin deserves admiration and uplifting, positive commentary

Kevin always can make you smile/laugh without fail

Kevin could be your doctor some day…

Kevin has proven himself to be somebody (even if he didn’t do it for you)

Kevin is the big brother I wish I had and never knew I needed.

Kevin is the greatest beat-boxer I’ve ever heard.

Kevin cello-boxes..what!?

Kevin is everything

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A young Muhammad Ali alongside his first boxing trainer, Joe Martin.

“My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.” - Muhammad Ali Happy Birthday Champ

Muḥammad ʿAlī (1942-2016) 

“So what I’m gonna do when I get out of boxing? Is to get myself ready to meet God.” -— Muḥammad ʿAlī

Words cannot do justice to Muḥammad ʿAlī, he was a champion in the ring, and hero outside of it. He was not just the greatest boxer, but a civil rights activist, a great orator, exuded confidence - the epitome of manhood. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest Muslim Americans that has lived. He is an inspiration for all, and will continue being one, even in death - this is his lasting legacy.

Slowly but surely the lights are going out. May Allāh cover him with Mercy, fill his grave with Light, forgive him any and all wrong actions and raise him up on the Last Day. May He raise his rank and unite him with the Prophet (ﷺ).

The greatest truth is re-revealing itself: ʾInnā Li-llāhi Wa ʾInnā ʾIlay-hi Rājiʿūn. “Truly! To Allāh we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”

We seek His Mercy, and His Gentleness.

al-Fātiḥah

“Allāh is the Greatest. I’m just the greatest boxer.”