One of the most famous and revered athletes in history, Ali was once asked how he would like to be remembered.

This was the reply of the boxer known simply as 'The Greatest':

"I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times, who was humourous and who treated everyone right.

"As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him, and who helped as many people as he could.

"As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what. As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love.

"And if all that's too much, then I guess I'd settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people.

"And I wouldn't even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was."