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Ali's legend forged beyond the classic bouts

As Muhammad Ali celebrates his 64th birthday, ESPN's boxing analyst Teddy Atlas considers Ali's best bouts.

Originally Published: January 17, 2006
By Teddy Atlas | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: Jan. 17 marked Muhammad Ali's 64th birthday. ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas considers some of Ali's greatest fights.

I was asked to put together a list of the five greatest fights fought by a man who called himself "The Greatest," Muhammad Ali.

Obviously a very subjective matter, my first problem was deciding on five. I instead chose six.

As criteria, I chose ability, execution, drama and historic value. Now that I've set the stage, consider these selections ...

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