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Rare Photos Show Muhammad Ali's Charisma Outside The Ring

Muhammad Ali was a magical man.

Muhammad Ali's sensational spirit extended well beyond the boxing ring.

Ali, who sadly passed away Friday, was a man of charisma and charm. He exuded this not only in his role as a champion boxer but also as a beloved son and community member who brought joy to those who knew him. 

The pictures below show just a glimpse of the dynamic personality Ali proudly presented. Take a look at some of the Greatest's greatest everyday moments and admire the legend and all he stood for.

  • Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, oozed charisma from early on in his career. Here, he sits in the
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    Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, oozed charisma from early on in his career. Here, he sits in the back seat of a car with an unidentified man and holds up eight fingers in Louisville, Kentucky, 1963.
  • The young heavyweight boxer plants a kiss on the cheek of his mother, Odessa Clay, at their home just east of Louisville
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    The young heavyweight boxer plants a kiss on the cheek of his mother, Odessa Clay, at their home just east of Louisville, Kentucky, on April 4, 1963.
  • Muhammad Ali spars for fun with 6-year-old Henry Joyner after working out in Atlanta on Oct. 16, 1970.
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    Muhammad Ali spars for fun with 6-year-old Henry Joyner after working out in Atlanta on Oct. 16, 1970.
  • The Greatest relaxes with his mother, Odessa Clay, at home, just east of Louisville, Kentucky on April 2, 1963.
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    The Greatest relaxes with his mother, Odessa Clay, at home, just east of Louisville, Kentucky on April 2, 1963.
  • Muhammad Ali shows his gentle side as he delicately holds a neighbor's baby at his home in Chicago, Illinois,
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    Muhammad Ali shows his gentle side as he delicately holds a neighbor's baby at his home in Chicago, Illinois, on June 4, 1968.
  • Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, lies on a couch and clowns around with a framed photograph of then-heavyweight cham
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    Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, lies on a couch and clowns around with a framed photograph of then-heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in February 1963. Ali defeated Liston to claim the title in February of the following year.
  • Cassius Clay predicts the round in which his bout with Charley Powell will end while relaxing in his hotel room in Pittsburgh
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    Cassius Clay predicts the round in which his bout with Charley Powell will end while relaxing in his hotel room in Pittsburgh, Jan. 17, 1963.
  • The future world heavyweight champion celebrates his 22nd birthday with a cake decorated with a boxing ring and two figh
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    The future world heavyweight champion celebrates his 22nd birthday with a cake decorated with a boxing ring and two fighters in Miami Beach, Florida, Jan. 17, 1964.
  • Muhammad Ali relaxes at the wheel of car on April 2, 1963.
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    Muhammad Ali relaxes at the wheel of car on April 2, 1963.
  • "THAT'S FOR ME" -- Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, approves the steak hotel chef Anton Bodner picked out for his di
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    "THAT'S FOR ME" -- Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, approves the steak hotel chef Anton Bodner picked out for his dinner, Nov. 11, 1962. 
  • Johnny Carson, star of NBC's "Tonight" show, watches world heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali hamming it up for a photogra
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    Johnny Carson, star of NBC's "Tonight" show, watches world heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali hamming it up for a photographer in New York, Feb. 10, 1967.
  • Muhammad Ali with promoters. 
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    Muhammad Ali with promoters. 
  • Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali embraces Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King,
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    Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali embraces Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., at a news conference in Atlanta, Georgia, launching a celebration for the first national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader, in this Jan. 10, 1986, file photo.
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