Muhammad Ali – Unseen Photos

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‘The Greatest’ photos you’ve never seen

In this case, the iconic pictures don’t tell the whole story. Get a deeper look at the life of Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali’s death on Friday made the internet flourish with the moments that made him a transcending icon. Everywhere you turned, there were videos of his greatest fights, stories, anecdotes and memories of how he affected individuals and countries alike. And, of course, the photos that you’ve seen thousands of times before. The photos that you visualize whenever someone mentions the name Ali. The knockouts. The poses. The stare-downs. Those photos speak volumes and bring back an emotional connection that remind you of the life of Ali.

But you haven’t seen anything yet. This won’t be just another photo gallery of Ali. These are the moments the world might have missed.

These are “The Greatest” photos you’ve never seen.

Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, represented the United States in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He defeated Soviet boxer Gennady Schatkov as part of his gold-medal performance.

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Ali and daughter Maryum feed his 10-week-old twins, Reeshemah and Jamillah, in their Philadelphia home in 1970.

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Young heavyweight fighter Ali, then Clay, is seen training at City Parks Gym in New York on Feb. 8, 1962.

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Ali, then Clay, drinks at a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1963. James Drake/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

Muhammad Ali, exercises on a snow-covered road in Stateline, Nev., Nov. 18, 1972, as he prepares for his bout with light heavyweight champ bob Foster on Nov. 21. (AP Photo/Walter Zeboski)
Running on a snow-covered road in Stateline, Nevada, on Nov. 18, 1972, Ali prepares for his bout with light heavyweight champ Bob Foster. Walter Zeboski/AP Photo

(Original Caption) Boxing's flamboyant Cassius Marcellus Clay, sporting a porter's cap, mugs it up while showing his name on fight card to porter Herbert Sims here March 6th. Clay, a lad with a big punch and mouth to match, vows he will flatten his opponent, Doug Jones, in six rounds when they meet in Madison Square Garden here March 13th.
Ali, then Clay, sporting a porter’s cap, mugs it up while showing his name on fight card to porter Herbert Sims here on March 6, 1963. Ali vowed he would flatten his opponent, Doug Jones, when they met in Madison Square Garden on March 13. Ali won the bout by unanimous decision, and it was named The Ring’s Fight of the Year. Bettmann/Getty Images

Muhammad Ali prepares to throw his punch to heavyweight challenger Floyd Patterson with left to the neck before a knockdown in the sixth round of the single fight at Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 22, 1965. Ali won on a 12th round technical knockout. (AP Photo)
Muhammad Ali prepares to throw his punch to heavyweight challenger Floyd Patterson with left to the neck before a knockdown in the sixth round of the single fight at Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 22, 1965. Ali won on a 12th round technical knockout. (AP Photo)
American heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali wears a hooded sweatshirt as he trains in the early morning for his title defense rematch against Sonny Liston, Lewiston, Maine, May 1965. Ali won the controversial match with a knockout in the first round. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
American heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali wears a hooded sweatshirt as he trains in the early morning for his title defense rematch against Sonny Liston, Lewiston, Maine, May 1965. Ali won the controversial match with a knockout in the first round. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
Cassius Clay doesn't get much cooperation from a corgi, as the world heavyweight champion points to a ball while relaxing after an early morning run in London, May 13, 1966. Seated with Clay is sparring partner Jimmy Ellis. Clay will defend his title against British Heavyweight champion Henry Cooper on May 21. (AP Photo)
Cassius Clay doesn’t get much cooperation from a corgi, as the world heavyweight champion points to a ball while relaxing after an early morning run in London, May 13, 1966. Seated with Clay is sparring partner Jimmy Ellis. Clay will defend his title against British Heavyweight champion Henry Cooper on May 21. (AP Photo)

American boxer Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali) rests during training for the world heavyweight title fight against fellow American Sonny Liston at Miami Beach, Florida. Ali went on to win the match, making him world heavyweight champion for the first time. Original Publication: People Disc - HW0526 (Photo by Harry Benson/Getty Images)
American boxer Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali) rests during training for the world heavyweight title fight against fellow American Sonny Liston at Miami Beach, Florida. Ali went on to win the match, making him world heavyweight champion for the first time. Original Publication: People Disc – HW0526 (Photo by Harry Benson/Getty Images)

In this photo taken on October 19, 1974 shows US boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (C) (born Cassius Clay) is escoted at his training center 11 days before the heavyweight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the "Rumble in the Jungle", watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo taken on October 19, 1974 shows US boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (C) (born Cassius Clay) is escoted at his training center 11 days before the heavyweight world championship in Kinshasa. On October 30, 1974 Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the “Rumble in the Jungle”, watched by 60 000 people in the stadium in Kinshasa and millions elsewhere. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
5 Jul 1976: Muhammad Ali fends off a kick from wrestler Antonio Inoki during an exhibition fight in Tokyo, Japan. Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive
5 Jul 1976: Muhammad Ali fends off a kick from wrestler Antonio Inoki during an exhibition fight in Tokyo, Japan. Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali getting a massage at Chris Dundee's 5th street gym while his chief of staff Hassan is sitting nearby during his training for the fight against Joe Frazier in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali getting a massage at Chris Dundee’s 5th street gym while his chief of staff Hassan is sitting nearby during his training for the fight against Joe Frazier in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Dual image negative strip shot of boxer Cassius Clay (L) aka Muhammad Ali. (Photo by James Drake/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – JANUARY 01: Dual image negative strip shot of boxer Cassius Clay (L) aka Muhammad Ali. (Photo by James Drake/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

 

World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, naps on the shoulder of former champion Floyd Patterson during a press conference at which Clay announced that he agreed to defend his title against former champion Patterson.
World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, naps on the shoulder of former champion Floyd Patterson during a press conference at which Clay announced that he agreed to defend his title against former champion Patterson.
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali playing with a group of children near a grocery store in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali playing with a group of children near a grocery store in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali standing at a corner of the boxing ring during a practice match in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Professional boxer Muhammad Ali standing at a corner of the boxing ring during a practice match in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
photo prise en 1978 ? Louisville de l'ancien champion du monde de boxe dans la cat?gorie des poids lourds, Mohamed Ali (Cassius Clay), priant ? l'int?rieur de sa mosqu?e priv?e situ?e dans l'enceinte de son terrain d'entra?nement de Deer Lake. picture taken 1978 in Louisville of the former World heawyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali praying at his mosque at Deer Lake camp. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
photo prise en 1978 ? Louisville de l’ancien champion du monde de boxe dans la cat?gorie des poids lourds, Mohamed Ali (Cassius Clay), priant ? l’int?rieur de sa mosqu?e priv?e situ?e dans l’enceinte de son terrain d’entra?nement de Deer Lake.
picture taken 1978 in Louisville of the former World heawyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali praying at his mosque at Deer Lake camp. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Boxer Cassius Clay(Muhammad Ali) paces the ring after the crowd boos his win in a 1963 bout with Doug Jones.
Boxer Cassius Clay(Muhammad Ali) paces the ring after the crowd boos his win in a 1963 bout with Doug Jones.

 

MAY 21, 1966: American boxer and world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali throws a long right to British challenger Henry Cooper's injured left eye in the sixth round of their world heavyweight championship fight at Highbury Stadium, London. Ali retained his title after the referee George Smith stopped the fight shortly after the sixth round began, due to Cooper's eye injury. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
MAY 21, 1966: American boxer and world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali throws a long right to British challenger Henry Cooper’s injured left eye in the sixth round of their world heavyweight championship fight at Highbury Stadium, London. Ali retained his title after the referee George Smith stopped the fight shortly after the sixth round began, due to Cooper’s eye injury. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

American boxer Classius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) (center), dressed in a tuxedo, holds court at a diner with fans, friends, and admirers after his defeat of Sonny Liston, Miami, Florida, March 1, 1964. Photo by Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
American boxer Classius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) (center), dressed in a tuxedo, holds court at a diner with fans, friends, and admirers after his defeat of Sonny Liston, Miami, Florida, March 1, 1964. Photo by Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
American boxer Muhammad Ali has a shave at his home in Chicago, 1977. Ali was WBA Heavyweight boxing champion at the time. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American boxer Muhammad Ali has a shave at his home in Chicago, 1977. Ali was WBA Heavyweight boxing champion at the time. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Boxer Ken Norton playfully chases World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali in a game of tag across the field at Yankee Stadium. Norton lost the title fight to Ali at the stadium on September 28, 1976.
Boxer Ken Norton playfully chases World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali in a game of tag across the field at Yankee Stadium. Norton lost the title fight to Ali at the stadium on September 28, 1976.
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER, 1962: Cassius Clay, between training sets at the Main Street Gym preparing for his bout against Archie Moore, October, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stanley Weston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER, 1962: Cassius Clay, between training sets at the Main Street Gym preparing for his bout against Archie Moore, October, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stanley Weston/Getty Images)

 

American boxers Muhammad Ali (left) and Leon Spinks at a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Midtown Manhattan, New York, December 15, 1977. They were there to promote their January 15 bout which Spinks would win. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
American boxers Muhammad Ali (left) and Leon Spinks at a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Midtown Manhattan, New York, December 15, 1977. They were there to promote their January 15 bout which Spinks would win. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Boxer Cassius Clay later known as Muhammad Ali playfully hits The Beatles while at his training camp. From left to right: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.
Boxer Cassius Clay later known as Muhammad Ali playfully hits The Beatles while at his training camp. From left to right: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.
Heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay predicts the round his bout with Charley Powell will end, while relaxing in his hotel room in Pittsburgh, Jan. 17, 1963. (AP Photo)
Heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay predicts the round his bout with Charley Powell will end, while relaxing in his hotel room in Pittsburgh, Jan. 17, 1963. (AP Photo)
American boxer Muhammad Ali (right) (then known as Cassius Clay) winds up a punch during a bout with Charlie Powell, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 24, 1963. Ali won in three rounds. (Photo by James Drake/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
American boxer Muhammad Ali (right) (then known as Cassius Clay) winds up a punch during a bout with Charlie Powell, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 24, 1963. Ali won in three rounds. (Photo by James Drake/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
American boxer and sometime actor Muhammad Ali stands behind a podium in a stage costume surrounded by young people who raise their fists in the air as he performs an excerpt from 'Buck White' a Broadway musical in which he starred on an episode of Ed Sullivan's 'Toast of the Town,' New York, January 18, 1970. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
American boxer and sometime actor Muhammad Ali stands behind a podium in a stage costume surrounded by young people who raise their fists in the air as he performs an excerpt from ‘Buck White’ a Broadway musical in which he starred on an episode of Ed Sullivan’s ‘Toast of the Town,’ New York, January 18, 1970. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Boxer Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) lifting his mother Odessa Grady Clay, in room at Carlton House Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1963. (Photo by Charles 'Teenie' Harris/Carnegie Museum of Art/Getty Images)
Boxer Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) lifting his mother Odessa Grady Clay, in room at Carlton House Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1963. (Photo by Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris/Carnegie Museum of Art/Getty Images)

 

Ali Big Fight BoxingOn Feb. 25, 1968, Ali addresses a gathering at a black Muslim convention in Chicago. This was a tumultuous time in the country’s history, and Ali spoke for what he believed in.

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Cleveland Williams is sprawled out on the canvas as referee Harry Kessler sends Ali to a neutral corner during their heavyweight bout at the Astrodome in Houston on Nov. 14, 1966. Ali would win by TKO to retain his heavyweight title.(AP Photo)Cleveland Williams is sprawled out on the canvas as referee Harry Kessler sends Ali to a neutral corner during their heavyweight bout at the Astrodome in Houston on Nov. 14, 1966. Ali would win by TKO to retain his heavyweight title.

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A close-up of professional boxer Muhammad Ali sitting in a couch during his campaign for the 'Fight of the Century' against Joe Frazier in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)A close-up of professional boxer Muhammad Ali sitting in a couch during his campaign for the ‘Fight of the Century’ against Joe Frazier in Miami Beach, FL in February of 1971. (Photo By John Shearer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

 

Comedian and singer Sammy Davis, Jr. gets some boxing pointers from Heavyweight Champion Cassias Clay (L) at the Majestic Theatre following Davis's performance in Golden Bay. Earlier, Clay had signed a contract for radio rights for his upcoming fight with Sonny Liston.Comedian and singer Sammy Davis, Jr. gets some boxing pointers from Heavyweight Champion Cassias Clay (L) at the Majestic Theatre following Davis’s performance in Golden Bay. Earlier, Clay had signed a contract for radio rights for his upcoming fight with Sonny Liston.

 

Designer Calvin Klein, model Bianca Jagger and boxer Muhammad Ali attending 'Valentino Fashion Show' on November 20, 1982 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)Designer Calvin Klein, model Bianca Jagger and boxer Muhammad Ali attending ‘Valentino Fashion Show’ on November 20, 1982 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

 

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, right, eights a punch at former heavyweight champ Joe Louis during a break in Ali?s training on Sept. 23, 1976 at Kiamesha Lake, New York. Ali meets Ken Norton in a title fight on September 28 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, right, fakes a punch at former heavyweight champ Joe Louis during a break in Ali?s training on Sept. 23, 1976 at Kiamesha Lake, New York. Ali meets Ken Norton in a title fight on September 28 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)

 

MIAMI - MARCH 1980: Muhammad Ali trains for a comeback at 5th St Gym in 1980 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)MIAMI – MARCH 1980: Muhammad Ali trains for a comeback at 5th St Gym in 1980 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

UNITED STATES - MAY 1965: Boxer Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, raising fist in triumph after beating Sonny Liston. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – MAY 1965: Boxer Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, raising fist in triumph after beating Sonny Liston. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Muhammad Ali - Beverly Hills, CA 2002Ali poses in 2002 on the roof of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, where he was staying with his family. Using the chair helped steady the hands of Ali, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease for three decades. “His hands were fascinating, punching so many opponents, so many times. The power of his fists, both literally and figuratively have left their mark in history,” said photographer Rick Chapman.