World famous icon Muhammad Ali has passed away on June 3rd 2016 at the age of 74. said a family spokesman.
"Words can't explain what Muhammad Ali (has) done for the sport of boxing," Floyd Mayweather told ESPN. "He's one of the guys that paved the way for me to be where I am today. We lost a legend, a hero and a great man."
Ali had been hospitalized this week in Phoenix Arizona, it had been reported that he was suffering from respiratory issues.
Muhammad Ali's funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville Kentucky, where in his honor all flags in the city will be put at half staff.
Ali not only had a huge impact in the sports world, he affected the lives of people from all around the world, and will truly be missed.
"The reason why he's the GOAT [Greatest of All Time] is not because of what he did in the ring, which was unbelievable. It's what he did outside of the ring, what he believed in, what he stood for -- along with Jim Brown and Oscar Robertson, Lew Alcindor, obviously who became Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], Bill Russell, Jackie Robinson. Those guys stood for something. He's part of the reason why African-Americans today can do what we do in the sports world. We're free. They allow us to have access to anything we want. It's because of what they stood for, and Muhammad Ali was definitely the pioneer for that." LeBron James
“Muhammad Ali is a legend and one of the world’s most celebrated athletes, the fighter who ushered in the golden era of boxing and put the sport on the map. He paved the way for professional fighters, including myself, elevating boxing to become a sport watched in millions of households around the world.
“Ali’s talent was undeniable – he was an Olympic Gold Medalist, three-time lineal world heavyweight champion, and the only one to accomplish that to this day, and reached the pinnacle of our sport as the undisputed heavyweight champion in 1964" Oscar De La Hoya
"We lost a giant today. Boxing benefited from Muhammad Ali's talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefited from his humanity" Manny Pacquiao