Muhammad Ali's funeral to be watched worldwide by billions on TV

U.S. President Barack Obama, who keeps a pair of boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali in his private study off the Oval Office, said Saturday that Ali "shook up the world and the world is better for it".

Muhammad Ali who had suffered over three decades with Parkinson disease died not of the disease but according to family sources, of sceptic shock.

The Vermont senator also spoke directly to the conflict Ali's faith presents many Americans.

Ali was fondly remembered not just as a heavyweight boxing icon but also for his fight for social justice, while others recalled his warmth and generosity, how he was equally at home with presidents and people on the streets.

"It was truly an honour for me to see him and talk to the legend although I could feel the suffering he was going through", he said.

One of the transcendent figures of the 20th century, Ali died on Friday at age 74.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, now the party's presumptive nominee, has seemingly co-opted that hostility for political gain, on Sunday even suggesting a Muslim judge could be biased against him in USA courts.

The differences in opinion between Trump and Ali became apparent in December after two Islamic extremists killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. Following the tragedy, Trump made his infamous Muslim ban proposal.

"People might not like it, but if you stand up for what you believe in, then you won't be a pushover", Richardson said.

Shaheed was traveling with several other men, all dressed in white and wearing caps. "The Muhammad Ali that burst on the scene is not the fellow who just left us".

"Ali said he didn't want to wear a gold medal in a country that wouldn't serve him so he threw it into the Ohio River". "His fight outside the ring would cost him his title and his public standing".

"Islam is a religion of peace". He was a guy who didn't change his beliefs.

"Everything that we're doing here was blessed by Muhammad Ali, and was requested", Mr Gunnell said.

  • Jo Lloyd