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Top 10 Greatest Muhammad Ali Fights

The perception had by many casual sports fans and also by some fight analysts is that Muhammad Ali was, when in his prime and at his best, the greatest pound-for-pound boxer in history. Whether or not

The perception had by many casual sports fans and also by some fight analysts is that Muhammad Ali was, when in his prime and at his best, the greatest pound-for-pound boxer in history. Whether or not that is the case is something that will be debated for decades and probably long after anybody reading this piece has left this floating orb. What cannot be denied is that Ali was involved in some of the best fights that anybody will ever behold. Those wars unfortunately left Ali a shell of his former self after he was retired from in-ring action, but they did help create a legacy that will live on for generations.

It should come as no surprise that some of the best heavyweight boxing matches to ever occur involved Ali and the man who was his fiercest rival. That rivalry existed for decades after the two last met in the ring, and some would even claim that the other man involved in this feud took his hatred for Ali to his grave. While that is a shame, everybody involved in the world of combat sports would do well to remember that rivalries and feuds sell fights and sell pay-per-view cards. Ali knew that, and he wasn't concerned about hurting feelings or making enemies when he was promoting a fight. That is one of the many reasons Ali truly was “The Greatest.”

10 Ali vs Quarry I

9 Ali vs Leon Spinks II

8 Ali vs Floyd Patterson 1

7 Ali vs Liston 2

6 Ali vs Cleveland Williams

5 Ali-Frazier II

4 Ali vs Liston I

3 Ali-Frazier I

2 “Rumble in the Jungle”

1 “Thrilla in Manilla”

The third and final fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier was maybe the greatest heavyweight boxing match in history. Both Ali and Frazier gave everything they had, and both men left the ring and the arena worse off afterward. Frazier's corner decided to stop the bout before the start of the 15th and final round, and an exhausted Ali required help to remain on his feet after learning that he had won. Ali-Frazier III was a war between two rivals, and we may never again see two men go toe-to-toe as Ali and Frazier did in a fight that exceeded expectations.

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