I've no appreciation for boxing, or American football. I've always found both far too brutal and research is finally proving that point of view beyond any doubt. Ali himself paid dearly in that regard.
Though I never thought much of all of the trash talk that occurred prior to each boxing match, there was always an admirable air surrounding Ali. He seemed both a man and a mensch. Viewing his failing health in his later years was so very sad, yet he still handled himself with such dignity.
Peace be with you, sir.