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Why are we still fascinated by Muhammad Ali?

More than 25 years after his final appearance in the ring, Muhammad Ali remains both an American sporting legend and a pop-culture icon.

Originally Published: August 19, 2008
By William Dettloff | Special to ESPN.com

Few athletes in the history of modern sport can claim to have been, at the apex of their celebrity, known to the masses not just in their native land, but worldwide. Fewer still can boast of enjoying a similar standing almost 30 years after the last time they performed, and almost 40 years from that time when the world was at their feet.

Muhammad Ali is such an athlete.

It seems incomprehensible today that a mere boxer could command such worldwide fame that, a quarter-century ...

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