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World bids farewell to Muhammad Ali 'The Greatest'

Published 10/06/2016

Spectators wait for Muhammad Ali's funeral procession in Louisville (AP)
Spectators wait for Muhammad Ali's funeral procession in Louisville (AP)

Louisville and the rest of the world said goodbye to The Greatest on Friday, showering affection on Muhammad Ali during a funeral procession through the streets of his home town, followed by a star-studded memorial service where he was saluted as a brash and outspoken breaker of racial barriers.

An estimated 100,000 people holding signs and chanting, "Ali! Ali!" lined the streets as a hearse carrying his cherry-red coffin made its way past his childhood home to Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery, where a private graveside service was held for the three-time heavyweight champion of the world.

The memorial service was held at a sports arena packed with celebrities, athletes and politicians, including former President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal, Senator Orrin Hatch, director Spike Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, football star David Beckham and actress Whoopi Goldberg.

Kevin Cosby, pastor of a Louisville church, told the crowd of up to 15,000 people at the KFC Yum! Centre that the boxing great "dared to affirm the power and capacity of African-Americans" and infused them with a "sense of somebodiness."

He likened Ali to such racial trailblazers as Jesse Owens, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson.

"Before James Brown said, 'I'm black and I'm proud,' Muhammad Ali said, 'I'm black and I'm pretty,'" Mr Cosby said. "Blacks and pretty were an oxymoron."

Rabbi Michael Lerner, a political activist and editor of the Jewish magazine Tikkun, brought the crowd to its feet four times with a fiery speech in which he referred to Ali's refusal to be drafted during the Vietnam War - a stand that cost him his boxing title.

"Ali stood up to immoral war, risked fame to speak truth to power. The way to honour him is to be like him today," the rabbi said, railing against anti-Muslim bigotry, drone attacks, the gap between rich and poor, and racist policing.

Ali, the most magnetic and controversial athlete of the 20th century, died last Friday at 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The casket, draped with an Islamic tapestry, was loaded into a hearse outside a funeral home. The pallbearers included former boxers Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis and actor Will Smith, who played Ali in the movies. Ali's nine children, his widow, two of his ex-wives and other family members accompanied the body to the cemetery.

The hearse with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali travels to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. AFP/Getty Images
The hearse with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali travels to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. AFP/Getty Images
Rahaman Ali rides in procession with the remains of his brother boxing legend Muhammad Ali as it travels to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
A classic convertible passes a mural depicting Muhammad Ali's 1965 victory over Sonny Liston June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
A taxi prompts a procession with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali passes a mural depicting his 1965 victory over Sonny Liston on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
People take selfies by the main gate to Cave Hill Cemetery after the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali arrived June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
A man waits for a procession with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali to pass on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
People linger by the main gate to Cave Hill Cemetery after the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali arrived June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
People watch a burial procession with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali as it travels to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
A police officer carries flowers away as a burial procession with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali enters Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
People watch as a burial procession with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali enters Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
People pickup flowers after a burial procession with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali entered Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
People look into a limo traveling with a burial procession with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali as it enters Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
People watch a burial procession with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali as it travels to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
People watch as a burial procession with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali enters Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: A man raises his fist in the air as a crowd follows the funeral procession motorcade carrying Muhammad Ali drives on Grand Avenue in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: Friends and family of Muhammad Ali shake hands with people in the crowd lining Grand Avenue as the funeral procession motorcade drives in front Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: Ashlee Brown, of Louisville, walks down the street with her kids, all wearing the same Ali t shirts, after the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue drove by in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: The hearse carrying Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: Friends and family of Muhammad Ali shake hands with people in the crowd lining Grand Avenue as the funeral procession motorcade drives in front Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: The hearse carrying Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: The motorcade Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue in front of Ali's childhood home in on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: A man raises his fist in the air as a crowd follows the funeral procession motorcade carrying Muhammad Ali drives on Grand Avenue in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: Ashlee Brown, of Louisville, walks down the street with her kids, all wearing the same Ali t shirts, after the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue drove by in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: The motorcade Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue in front of Ali's childhood home in on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: An artist carries away a painting of Muhammed Ali knocking out Sonny Liston after the hearse carrying Ali's body passed by his childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral possession wound through Louisville, preceding a memorial service and giving the public an opportunity to honor the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74. The original photo depicted in the painting was taken in 1965 by Neil Leifer. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A hearse with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali passes a mural depicting his 1965 victory over Sonny Liston on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: The hearse carrying Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: The hearse carrying Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
People follow a hearse with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali as it passes a mural depicting his 1965 victory over Sonny Liston on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
People follow a hearse with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali as it passes a mural depicting his 1965 victory over Sonny Liston on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
The hearse carrying the body of Muhammad Ali passes in front of his boyhood home during his funeral procession Friday, June 10, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. Ali's home is the second house from the left. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The hearse carrying the body of Muhammad Ali passes in front of his boyhood home during his funeral procession Friday, June 10, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The hearse carrying the body of Muhammad Ali passes in front of his boyhood home during his funeral procession Friday, June 10, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. Ali's home was the second house from the left. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The hearse carrying the body of Muhammad Ali travels down the street of his boyhood home during his funeral procession Friday, June 10, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The hearse carrying the remains of boxing legend Muhammed Ali travels during a processional as onlookers line the streets to pay their respects to Ali on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
Onlookers chant along the route to pay their respects as the processional of boxing legend Muhammad Ali travels through the city on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
The hearse carrying the remains of boxing legend Muhammed Ali travels during a processional as onlookers line the streets to pay their respects to Ali on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
A woman displays a sign along the route as onlookers line the streets to pay their respects as the processional of boxing legend Muhammad Ali travels through the city on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
Children await along the route with roses as onlookers line the streets to pay their respects as the processional of boxing legend Muhammad Ali travels through the city on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: Friends and family of Muhammad Ali shake hands with people in the crowd lining Grand Avenue as the funeral procession motorcade drives in front Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: The hearse carrying Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: A man raises his fist in the air as a crowd follows the funeral procession motorcade carrying Muhammad Ali drives on Grand Avenue in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: The crowd follows along as the funeral procession motorcade for Muhammad Ali makes it's way down Grand Avenue in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: The hearse carrying Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: Ashlee Brown, of Louisville, walks down the street with her kids, all wearing the same Ali t shirts, after the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue drove by in the front of Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: Friends and family of Muhammad Ali shake hands with people in the crowd lining Grand Avenue as the funeral procession motorcade drives in front Ali's childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: The motorcade Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral procession motorcade on Grand Avenue in front of Ali's childhood home in on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali was traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
A photographer and a local pretend box outside boxing legend Muhammad Ali's childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - People reach out an touch a hearse with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali passes on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - The hearse carrying boxing legend Muhammad Ali stops outside his childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: A child watches as hearse carrying the body of Muhammed Ali drives away on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral possession winded through Louisville, preceding a memorial service and giving the public an opportunity to honor the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74, (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: Actor Will Smith greets the public while riding in the funeral procession of Muhammed Ali on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Smith played the boxing legend in the film 'Ali' in 2001 and was a pall-bearer at Ali's funeral. The funeral possession winded through Louisville, preceding a memorial service and giving the public an opportunity to honor the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74, (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: A police-escorted hearse carrying the body of Muhammed Ali passes by his childhood street on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral possession winded through Louisville, preceding a memorial service and giving the public an opportunity to honor the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74, (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: Actor Will Smith greets the public while riding in the funeral procession of Muhammed Ali on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Smith played the boxing legend in the film 'Ali' in 2001 and was a pall-bearer at Ali's funeral. The funeral possession winded through Louisville, preceding a memorial service and giving the public an opportunity to honor the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74, (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: A hearse carrying the body of Muhammed Ali passes by his childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral possession winded through Louisville, preceding a memorial service and giving the public an opportunity to honor the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74, (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: Brown Rawls (man middle) and his family have their photo taken in front of a Muhammad Ali back drop in the front yard of house down the street from his childhood home on Grand Avenue on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali will be traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: Actor Will Smith greets the public while riding in the funeral procession of Muhammed Ali on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Smith played the boxing legend in the film 'Ali' in 2001 and was a pall-bearer at Ali's funeral. The funeral possession winded through Louisville, preceding a memorial service and giving the public an opportunity to honor the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74, (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Muhammad Ali's funeral procession passes as onlookers line the street Friday, June 10, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: A pair of boxing gloves hang from a historical marker in front of Muhammad Ali's childhood home on Grand Ave. on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral procession for Ali will be traveling over 20 miles on a designated route throughout Louisville. The four-time world heavyweight boxing champion died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
The flower-covered hearse carrying Muhammad Ali makes its way down Broadway as the funeral procession makes its way to the cemetery in Louisville, Ky. Friday, June 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
A mourner holds a sign as the funeral procession for Muhammad Ali makes its way down Muhammad Ali Boulevard in Louisville, Ky. Friday, June 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Crowds line the route of the procession led by the hearse carrying the body of Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Ky., on Friday, June 10, 2016. Ali died last Friday at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. (Michael Clevenger/The Courier-Journal via AP)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: A police-escorted hearse carrying the body of Muhammed Ali passes by his childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral possession winded through Louisville, preceding a memorial service and giving the public an opportunity to honor the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74, (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: A police-escorted hearse carrying the body of Muhammed Ali passes by his childhood home (pink house on left), on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral possession winded through Louisville, preceding a memorial service and giving the public an opportunity to honor the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74, (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 10: A police-escorted hearse carrying the body of Muhammed Ali passes by his childhood home on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral possession winded through Louisville, preceding a memorial service and giving the public an opportunity to honor the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
The flower-covered hearse carrying Muhammad Ali makes its way down Broadway as the funeral procession makes its way to the cemetery in Louisville, Ky. Friday, June 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
The hearse carrying boxing legend Muhammad Ali drives past his childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
The hearse carrying boxing legend Muhammad Ali drives past his childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
The hearse carrying boxing legend Muhammad Ali drives past his childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
The hearse carrying boxing legend Muhammad Ali drives past his childhood home where mourners throw flowers as they pay their respects on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
The hearse carrying boxing legend Muhammad Ali stops outside his childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
The funeral procession for Muhammad Ali makes its way down Muhammad Ali Boulevard in Louisville, Ky. Friday, June 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Pallbearers place Muhammad Ali's casket in the hearse as it prepares to begin a procession through the fighter's hometown of Louisville, Ky., on Friday, June 10, 2016. Ali died last Friday at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. (Michael Clevenger/The Courier-Journal via AP) NO SALES; MAGS OUT; NO ARCHIVE; MANDATORY CREDIT MBO
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, second right, Mehmet Gormez, the head of Turkey's Religious Affairs, second left, and Berat Albayrak, Turkish Energy Minister and son-in-law of Erdogan, left, attend Muhammad Ali's Jenazah, a traditional Muslim service, in Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky, USA, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Officials say Turkey's president, who flew to the United States to attend the funeral of Muhammad Ali, is cutting short his visit and returning home, according to Private Dogan news agency, which reported that the Turkish leader was upset that funeral organizers rejected his request to lay a piece from the cloth covering the Kaaba, in Mecca, on Ali's coffin. (Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)
People line the street outside boxing legend Muhammad Ali's childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects during a funeral procession on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
Thirteen-year-old Malik Parker shadow boxes outside boxing legend Muhammad Ali's childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects during a funeral procession on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
A woman photographs a mural of Muhammad Ali's 1965 victory over Sonny Liston June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. A mass funeral procession for Muhammad Ali began Friday in his hometown Louisville, with a hearse carrying the boxing legend's remains heading into the streets where thousands gathered to say goodbye. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
People wait to view a procession with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali pass on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. A mass funeral procession for Muhammad Ali began Friday in his hometown Louisville, with a hearse carrying the boxing legend's remains heading into the streets where thousands gathered to say goodbye. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Children at daycare wait to view a procession with the remains of boxing legend Muhammad Ali pass on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. A mass funeral procession for Muhammad Ali began Friday in his hometown Louisville, with a hearse carrying the boxing legend's remains heading into the streets where thousands gathered to say goodbye. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
People wait to view a procession for boxing legend Muhammad Ali pass on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Two men hold up placards reading "Me, We", a quote by boxing legend Muhammad Ali as they wait outside his childhood home with other mourners to pay their respects during a funeral procession on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
Hundreds gather outside boxing legend Muhammad Ali's childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects during a funeral procession on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
Nick Smith, of Louisville, poses for a photograph holding a drawing of Muhammad Ali as spectators wait for the arrival of Ali's funeral procession to enter Cave Hill Cemetery, Friday, June 10, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. Ali died last Friday at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Jerry Martin walks his horse, Rekoa, fashioned as a riderless horse, outside boxing legend Muhammad Ali's childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects during a funeral procession on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
People sit in lawn chairs outside boxing legend Muhammad Ali's childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects during a funeral procession on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
People take pictures with Jerry Martin's horse, Rekoa, fashioned as a riderless horse, outside boxing legend Muhammad Ali's childhood home where mourners wait to pay their respects to a funeral procession on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of people from near and far were expected to line the streets of Muhammad Ali's hometown Louisville on Friday to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
West Indian cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers waves as he rings the five minute bell before the start of the second session in memory of Muhammad Ali on the second day of the third Test cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's cricket ground in London on June 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECBIAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images
Walter Farrow Jr., right, of Birmingham, Ala., strikes a boxing pose with Malachi Chism, 10, of Louisville, Ky., on the porch of Muhammad Ali's boyhood home in Louisville on Thursday, June 9, 2016, the night before Ali's funeral and memorial services. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Muhammad Ali t-shirts are seen for sale along a burial procession route for the boxing legend June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest Friday, the culmination of a two-day farewell for the beloved boxing legend and civil rights hero who electrified crowds the world over. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
A woman places flower peddles along the entrance to Cave Hill Cemetery for the funeral procession for boxing legend Muhammad Ali on June 10, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali will be laid to rest Friday, the culmination of a two-day farewell for the beloved boxing legend and civil rights hero who electrified crowds the world over. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 29-05-1963 of Cassius Clay, in training prior to defending his world heavyweight championship title against Henry Cooper in London. The funeral of Muhammad Ali will take place later as the boxing great's fans and loved ones prepare to say a final farewell to "the greatest". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday June 10, 2016. World leaders and celebrities will be among 18,000 people expected to attend the service in Ali's home city of Louisville, Kentucky, with the ceremony broadcast to millions of viewers around the world. See PA story FUNERAL Ali. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
Shoppers look at memorabilia and photo exhibit featuring Muhammad Ali at the Ali Mall in Manila on June 10, 2016. A bustling shopping mall forms an unlikely monument to the "Thrilla in Manila", but Muhammad Ali's greatest and most brutal fight made its biggest impression on the minds of those who witnessed it and still speak of it with awe. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images
Shoppers look at memorabilia and photo exhibit featuring Muhammad Ali at the Ali Mall in Manila on June 10, 2016. A bustling shopping mall forms an unlikely monument to the "Thrilla in Manila", but Muhammad Ali's greatest and most brutal fight made its biggest impression on the minds of those who witnessed it and still speak of it with awe. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images
Shoppers look at memorabilia and photo exhibit featuring Muhammad Ali at the Ali Mall in Manila on June 10, 2016. A bustling shopping mall forms an unlikely monument to the "Thrilla in Manila", but Muhammad Ali's greatest and most brutal fight made its biggest impression on the minds of those who witnessed it and still speak of it with awe. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Laila Ali (C), daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, attends the Jenazah prayer service at Freedom Hall on June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A sign of Muhammad Ali Boulevard is seen where Muhammad Ali's remains will travel past before the boxing legend's burial June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Pallbearers escort the casket of boxing legend Muhammad Ali during the Jenazah prayer service at Freedom Hall on June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - People watch a video at the Muhammad Ali Center June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Two days of funeral ceremonies bidding farewell to Muhammad Ali got underway Thursday with a Muslim prayer service in the Kentucky hometown of the beloved boxing legend and civil rights hero. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A man walks down Muhammad Ali Boulevard where Muhammad Ali's remains will travel past before the boxing legend's burial June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 09: Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila (L), comforts her family during an Islamic prayer service at the Kentucky Exposition Center on June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Jenazah service was held for the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74. A procession and memorial service are scheduled for Friday. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 9: 'Muhammad Ali Way,' a temporary street sign in honor of the late boxer, is displayed on the corner of West 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue near Madison Square Garden, June 9, 2016 in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that West 33rd Street adjacent to Madison Square Garden will be temporarily renamed for the late boxer Muhammad Ali, whose funeral will be held Friday in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Visitors come to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside the Muhammad Ali Center on June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville prepares to lay the boxing legend to rest on Friday that includes a processional through Ali's neighborhood and a memorial service. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks down Muhammad Ali Boulevard where Muhammad Ali's remains will travel past before the boxing legend's burial June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Former boxing champion Bernard Hopkins speaks to visitors outside the Muhammad Ali Childhood Home and Museum on June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
Young children read the Quran as the wait with family members for the start of the Jenazah prayer service to celebrate the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali at Freedom Hall on June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson speaks to members of the media before Muhammad Ali's Jenazah, a traditional Islamic Muslim service, in Freedom Hall, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Promoter Don King stands next to former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard during Muhammad Ali's Jenazah, a traditional Islamic Muslim service, in Freedom Hall, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
The body of Muhammad Ali arrives for an Islamic prayer service at the Kentucky Exposition Center on June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 09: The casket of Muhammad Ali arrives for an Islamic prayer service at the Kentucky Exposition Center on June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The service, called a Jenazah, was to be held for the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74, A procession and memorial service are scheduled for Friday. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Former boxing Heavyweight Champion, Lennox Lewis attends an Islamic Janazah service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali at Freedom Hall on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
Guests and worshippers arrive at an Islamic Janazah service at Freedom Hall on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. A traditional Muslim funeral service for Muhammad Ali began Thursday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky opening two days of farewell ceremonies for the late boxing legend and civil rights hero. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
Legendary Boxing promotor Don King arrives during an Islamic Janazah service for Muhammad Ali at Freedom Hall on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. A traditional Muslim funeral service for Muhammad Ali began Thursday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky opening two days of farewell ceremonies for the late boxing legend and civil rights hero. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
Guests and worshippers arrive at an Islamic Janazah service at Freedom Hall on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. A traditional Muslim funeral service for Muhammad Ali began Thursday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky opening two days of farewell ceremonies for the late boxing legend and civil rights hero. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
A woman poses as guests and worshippers arrive at an Islamic Janazah service for boxing legend Muhhamad Ali at Freedom Hall on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. A traditional Muslim funeral service for Muhammad Ali began Thursday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky opening two days of farewell ceremonies for the late boxing legend and civil rights hero. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
Guests and worshippers arrive at an Islamic Janazah service at Freedom Hall on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. A traditional Muslim funeral service for Muhammad Ali began Thursday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky opening two days of farewell ceremonies for the late boxing legend and civil rights hero. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
A boxing glove signed as "Cassius Clay" is displayed at the Muhammad Ali exhibition entitled 'I Am The Greatest', at the O2 Arena in London on June 9, 2016. The funeral of Muhammad Ali will be shown live on a large screen outside the Arena on Friday. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Nuslims participates in an Islamic Janazah service at Freedom Hall for boxing legend Muhammad Ali on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
A Jester's Robe signed by Muhammad Ali is exhibited at the Muhammad Ali exhibition entitled 'I Am The Greatest', at the O2 Arena in London on June 9, 2016. The funeral of Muhammad Ali will be shown live on a large screen outside the Arena on Friday. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
A man holds a Holy Quran as guests and worshippers arrive at an Islamic Janazah service at Freedom Hall on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. A traditional Muslim funeral service for Muhammad Ali began Thursday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky opening two days of farewell ceremonies for the late boxing legend and civil rights hero. / AFP PHOTO / Michael B. ThomasMICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 09: Women wait for the beginning of an Islamic prayer service for Muhammad Ali at the Kentucky Exposition Center on June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. The service, called a Jenazah, was to be held for the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74, A procession and memorial service are scheduled for Friday. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Undated Family handout photo's provided by Tyrone Monaghan of Tyrone Monaghan, Paddy Monaghan, Clare Monaghan, Sandra Monaghan. Front row Belinda Monaghan , Muhammad Ali and Sarah Monaghan. PRES ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 9, 2016. One-time bareknuckle boxer Paddy Monaghan has recalled the remarkable and unlikely friendship he developed with the late Muhammad Ali. See PA story BOXING Ali Monaghan. Photo credit should read: Family Handouts/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Family handout photo's provided by Tyrone Monaghan of Tyrone Monaghan and Muhammad Ali. PRES ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 9, 2016. One-time bareknuckle boxer Paddy Monaghan has recalled the remarkable and unlikely friendship he developed with the late Muhammad Ali. See PA story BOXING Ali Monaghan. Photo credit should read: Family Handouts/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Family handout photo's provided by Tyrone Monaghan of Paddy Monaghan and his wife Sandra and Muhammad Ali. PRES ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 9, 2016. One-time bareknuckle boxer Paddy Monaghan has recalled the remarkable and unlikely friendship he developed with the late Muhammad Ali. See PA story BOXING Ali Monaghan. Photo credit should read: Family Handouts/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Family handout photo's provided by Tyrone Monaghan of Tyrone Monaghan and Muhammad Ali. PRES ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 9, 2016. One-time bareknuckle boxer Paddy Monaghan has recalled the remarkable and unlikely friendship he developed with the late Muhammad Ali. See PA story BOXING Ali Monaghan. Photo credit should read: Family Handouts/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Family handout photo's provided by Tyrone Monaghan of Paddy Monaghan and Muhammad Ali. PRES ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 9, 2016. One-time bareknuckle boxer Paddy Monaghan has recalled the remarkable and unlikely friendship he developed with the late Muhammad Ali. See PA story BOXING Ali Monaghan. Photo credit should read: Family Handouts/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Family handout photo's provided by Tyrone Monaghan of Paddy Monaghan and Muhammad Ali. PRES ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 9, 2016. One-time bareknuckle boxer Paddy Monaghan has recalled the remarkable and unlikely friendship he developed with the late Muhammad Ali. See PA story BOXING Ali Monaghan. Photo credit should read: Family Handouts/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Family handout photo's provided by Tyrone Monaghan of Paddy Monaghan and Muhammad Ali. PRES ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday June 9, 2016. One-time bareknuckle boxer Paddy Monaghan has recalled the remarkable and unlikely friendship he developed with the late Muhammad Ali. See PA story BOXING Ali Monaghan. Photo credit should read: Family Handouts/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 08: Momentos, including a pair of boxing gloves, lie at a makeshift memorial for Muhammad Ali outside the Muhammad Ali Center on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. A funeral procession and memorial service for the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion, who died on June 3 at age 74, are scheduled for Friday in Louisville. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
In this March 29, 1967, file photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, center left, and Dr. Martin Luther King speak to reporters. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/File)
In this Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, retired boxing champion Muhammad Ali, center, waves alongside his wife Lonnie Ali, left, and his sister-in-law Marilyn Williams, right, after receiving the Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
In this May 25, 1965, file photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is held back by referee Joe Walcott, left, after Ali knocked out challenger Sonny Liston in the first round of their title fight in Lewiston, Maine. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/File)
In this Feb. 25, 1968, file photo, former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali speaks at a Black Muslim convention in Chicago. Seated behind Ali is Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/file)
In this July 19, 1996, file photo, Muhammad Ali watches as the flame climbs up to the Olympic torch during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics, in Atlanta. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)
This is an Oct. 9, 1974, file photo showing Muhammad Ali. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)(AP Photo/FIle)
This is a 1995 file photo showing Muhammad Ali smiling during a visit to New York. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FIle)
In this Sept. 17, 1974, file photo, Muhammad Ali is greeted in downtown Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali is in Zaire to fight George Foreman. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo)
In this May 25, 1965 file photo, perspiration beads on the face of world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali during training for his fight with Sonny Liston, in Lewiston, Maine. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/File)
In this Feb. 22, 2012, file photo, former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali poses at St. Joseph's Hospital Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
In this Oct. 1, 1975, file photo, Muhammad Ali's throws a right at Joe Frazier in the 13th round in their title bout in Manila, Philippines. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/FILE)
In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Muhammad Ali is shown before the Ali Humanitarian Awards ceremony in Louisville, Ky. A spokesman for boxing great Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight champion is being treated in a hospital for a respiratory issue. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Thursday, June 2, 2016, that Ali is being treated by doctors as a precaution. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
This file photo taken on May 24, 2011 shows World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali arriving at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, dies at 74. The former heavyweight world champion was hospitalized on Thursday at a Phoenix, Arizona, hospital with a respiratory issue, which US media reported was complicated by his Parkinson's disease. / AFP PHOTO / YURI GRIPASYURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on May 24, 2011 shows shows World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, dies at 74. The former heavyweight world champion was hospitalized on Thursday at a Phoenix, Arizona, hospital with a respiratory issue, which US media reported was complicated by his Parkinson's disease. / AFP PHOTO / YURI GRIPASYURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on December 16, 1994 shows Legendary US boxer Muhammad Ali is kissed by a young Ecuadoran girl at the Quito's Ruminahui Coliseum, Ecuador. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / Fernando AraujoFERNANDO ARAUJO/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on November 10, 2006 shows US boxing legend Muhammad Ali (R) is greeted by actor Dustin Hoffman at Madison Square Garden in New York. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on January 14, 1999 shows Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali (L) kissing the fist of Mexican-American lightweight champion Fernando Vargas during the Mike Tyson-Francois Botha weigh-in at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / MIKE NELSONMIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on January 15, 1998 shows Moroccan King Hassan II (R) decorating former World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali during a ceremony in the Royal Palace in Rabat. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / ABDELHAK SENNAABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on January 15, 1998 shows Former World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali participating in a religious ceremony for the holy month of Ramadan in the Royal Palace in Rabat. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, dies at 74. The former heavyweight world champion was hospitalized on Thursday at a Phoenix, Arizona, hospital with a respiratory issue, which US media reported was complicated by his Parkinson's disease. / AFP PHOTO / ABDELHAK SENNAABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on October 27, 1986 shows former heavyweight world boxing champion Muhammad Ali posing in Ellis Island before 80 Ellis Island medals of honor were awarded in tribute to the USA's ethnic heritages. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, dies at 74. The former heavyweight world champion was hospitalized on Thursday at a Phoenix, Arizona, hospital with a respiratory issue, which US media reported was complicated by his Parkinson's disease. / AFP PHOTO / MARIA BASTONEMARIA BASTONE/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on September 10, 1974 shows Former world heavyweight champion US Muhammad Ali posing in Paris, during a stopover on his way to Kinshasa, Zaire, before his world heavyweight championship fight against titleholder US George Foreman on October 30, 1974. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on October 05, 1986 shows Former heavyweight world boxing champion Muhammad Ali speaking during a press conference at the Marriott hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / MIKE NELSONMIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on March 24, 2012 shows Director David Foster (R) bumping fists with boxing legend Muhammad Ali on stage at the Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XVIII in Phoenix, Arizona. The event supports the fight against Parkinson's disease and this year also celebrates Ali's 70th birthday. Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali, an icon of the 20th Century whose fame transcended the sport during a remarkable career that spanned three decades, died June 3, 2016, his family said. / AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on March 24, 2012 shows Boxing legend Muhammad Ali adjusting his glasses on stage at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XVIII in Phoenix, Arizona. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, dies at 74. The former heavyweight world champion was hospitalized on Thursday at a Phoenix, Arizona, hospital with a respiratory issue, which US media reported was complicated by his Parkinson's disease. / AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on January 01, 1965 U.S. boxing champion Cassius Clay alia Muhammad Ali in Paris. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / PIGISTEPIGISTE/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on October 30, 1974 shows Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (L) and titleholder US George Foreman (R) fighting on October 30, 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaire during their world heavyweight championship match. Ali won by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round. Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali, an icon of the 20th Century whose fame transcended the sport during a remarkable career that spanned three decades, died June 3, 2016, his family said. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on October 27, 1974 shows US boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay) standing with her mother Odessa Grady Clay during a training session three days before the heavy weight world championship in Kinshasa. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on October 30, 1974 shows the fight opposing former world heavyweight boxing champion the American Muhammad Ali (R) and his compatriot and titleholder George Foreman (L) in Kinshasa. Ali won and got back his title. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / --/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on October 19, 1974 shows US boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay) 11 days before the heavy weight world championship in Kinshasa. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on October 21, 1996 shows Boxing great Muhammad Ali throws a punch towards photographers during a press conference in Jakarta. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on September 01, 1994 shows Boxing great Muhammad Ali receiving a punch from a 79 old "sparring-partner" during a visit in a old people's home in Macau. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, dies at 74. The former heavyweight world champion was hospitalized on Thursday at a Phoenix, Arizona, hospital with a respiratory issue, which US media reported was complicated by his Parkinson's disease. / AFP PHOTO / Mike FialaMIKE FIALA/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on April 25, 1995 shows Former world heavyweight Boxing champion Muhammad Ali smiling during a press conference in Tokyo. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, dies at 74. The former heavyweight world champion was hospitalized on Thursday at a Phoenix, Arizona, hospital with a respiratory issue, which US media reported was complicated by his Parkinson's disease. / AFP PHOTO / TORU YAMANAKATORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on May 24, 2011 shows World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / YURI GRIPASYURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images
Taken on May 24, 2011 shows Legendary heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali (C) is greeted after a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on Friday, June 3, a family spokesman said in a statement. "After a 32-year battle with Parkinsons disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74," spokesman Bob Gunnell said. / AFP PHOTO / YURI GRIPASYURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images

The 19-mile drive took Ali's body past the little pink house where he grew up and the museum that bears his name. At one point, the procession went along Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

As the long line of black limousines rolled past, fans chanted like spectators at one of his fights, pumped their fists, stood on cars, held up cellphones and signs, ran alongside the hearse and reached out to touch it. They tossed so many flowers onto the windshield that the driver had to push some of them aside to see the road.

Others fell silent and looked on reverently as the champ went by.

"A li chose the cemetery as his final resting place a decade ago. Its 130,000 graves represent a who's who of Kentucky, including Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders. Family spokesman Bob Gunnell said he will have a simple headstone, inscribed only "Ali," in keeping with Islamic tradition.

A traditional Muslim funeral service was held Thursday, with an estimated 6,000 admirers arriving from all over the world.

Ali himself decided years ago that his funeral would be open to ordinary fans, not just VIPs. As a result, thousands of free tickets to Friday's memorial were made available and were snatched up within an hour.

President Barack Obama was unable to make the trip because of his daughter Malia's high school graduation. But White House adviser Valerie Jarrett read a letter from the president at the service in which Obama said Ali helped give him the audacity to think he could one day be president.

"Muhammad Ali was America. Brash. Defiant. Pioneering. Never tired. Always game to test the odds. He was our most basic freedoms: religion, speech, spirit," Mr Obama said.

Ali's widow, Lonnie, in her first public remarks since his death, took the stage in an oversized hat that shielded her eyes.

"Muhammad indicated that when the end came for him, he wanted to use his life and his death as a teaching moment. He wanted to remind people who are suffering that he had seen the face of injustice," she said. "He never became bitter enough to quit or engage in violence."

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