'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.


uhammad 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 staredowns.

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.

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Running on a snow-covered road in Stateline, Nevada, on Nov. 18, 1972, Ali prepares for his bout with light heavyweight champ Bob Foster.

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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.

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Ali prepares to throw his punch to heavyweight challenger Floyd Patterson during a fight in Las Vegas on Nov. 22, 1965. Ali won via a 12th-round technical knockout.

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Wearing a hooded sweatshirt, Ali trains in the early morning for his title-defense rematch against Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine, in May 1965.

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Ali 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. Ali defended his title against British heavyweight champion Henry Cooper on May 21 and won by TKO at 2:15 in Round 5 of 10.

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Ali, then Clay, rests during training for the world heavyweight title fight against fellow American Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Florida in 1964.. Ali went on to win the match, making him world heavyweight champion for the first time.

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On Oct. 19, 1974, U.S. heavyweight champion Ali is escorted at his training center 11 days before the heavyweight world championship in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. On Oct. 30, Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman in a clash of titans known as the Rumble in the Jungle, which is watched by 60,000 people in the stadium and millions around the world.

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Ali fends off a kick from wrestler Antonio Inoki during an exhibition fight in Tokyo on July 5, 1976.

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At Chris Dundee's 5th St. Gym in Miami Beach, Ali gets a massage while his chief of staff, Hassan, sits nearby leading into his training for a 1971 fight against Joe Frazier, also in Miami Beach.

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A dual-image negative strip shot of Ali, then Clay, rides in the car in 1963.

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Ali, then Clay, naps on the shoulder of former champion Floyd Patterson during a news conference at which he would announce that he would defend his title against Patterson.

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Ali plays with a group of children near a grocery store in Miami Beach in February 1971.

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Ali stands at a corner of the boxing ring during a practice match in Miami Beach in 1971.

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In 1978, Ali prays in a mosque at Deer Lake camp in Pennsylvania.

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Ali, then Clay, paces as the crowd boos and throws debris into the ring at Madison Square Garden, after his win by unanimous decision over Doug Jones in 1963. Ali wasn't always universally loved, especially during a fight in New York City against Jones, a local fighter.

in 1966 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 would retain his title after referee George Smith stopped the fight shortly after the sixth round began because of Cooper's eye injury.

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In 1964, Ali, then Clay, is seen dressed in a tuxedo, holding court at a diner with fans, friends and admirers after his defeat of Sonny Liston in Miami on March 1.

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Ali shaves at his home in Chicago in 1977. At the time, Ali was World Boxing Association heavyweight champion.

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Boxer Ken Norton playfully chases Ali in a game of tag across the field at Yankee Stadium. Norton would go on to lose the title fight to Ali by unanimous decision at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 28, 1976.

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Between training sets at the Main Street Gym, Ali, then Clay, prepares for his bout against Archie Moore in October 1962 in Los Angeles.

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Ali and Leon Spinks speak at a news conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Midtown Manhattan on Dec. 15, 1977. They were there to promote their bout, which Spinks would win in a split decision for Ali's third loss of his career.

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The Beatles playfully pose with Ali, then Clay, at his training camp.

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Ali, then Clay, predicts the round his bout with Charlie Powell will end while relaxing in his hotel room in Pittsburgh on Jan. 17, 1963.

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Intensely winding up a punch, Ali, then Clay, takes on Charlie Powell in Pittsburgh on Jan. 24, 1963. Ali won in three rounds by knockout.

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Standing behind a podium in a stage costume, Ali performs an excerpt from "Buck White," a Broadway musical in which he stars, during an episode of Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" in New York on Jan. 18, 1970.

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Odessa Grady Clay rests in the arms of her son, then Cassius Clay, in a room at the Carlton House Hotel in 1963 in Pittsburgh.

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On 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.

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Ali sits on a couch during his campaign for the Fight of the Century against Joe Frazier in Miami Beach in February 1971.

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Comedian and singer Sammy Davis Jr. gets some boxing pointers from Ali, then Clay, at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway in New York City, following Davis' performance in Golden Boy.

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Designer Calvin Klein, model Bianca Jagger and Ali attend the Valentino Fashion Show in November 1982 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Ali fakes a punch at former heavyweight champion Joe Louis during a break in Ali's training in September 1976 in Kiamesha Lake, New York.

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Ali trains for a comeback at 5th St. Gym in 1980 in Miami. He would go on to lose his final two fights to Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick.

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In May 1965, following his second win over Sonny Liston, Ali, then Clay, raises his fist in triumph.

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Ali 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.

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