Boxing champions Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. paid tribute to the legendary Muhammad Ali, saying how his greatness extended outside the ropes and touched the lives of other aspiring boxers.
"The Greatest" died Friday, June 3, at the age of 74 due to respiratory illness.
Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said in a statement, "Boxing benefitted from Muhammad Ali's talents but not nearly as much as mankind beneffited from his humanity. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ali family. We lost a giant today."
Floyd Mayweather Jr., on the other hand, took on to his Instagram account to express his sadness over Ali's death.
He praised Ali for everything that he did for the Black America, and all the legacy he had left behind.
Today my heart goes out to a pioneer, a true legend, and a hero by all means! Not a day went by entering the gym that I didn't think of you. Your charisma, your charm and above all, your class are all of the elements that will be greatly missed by myself and the world. You are someone that inspired me greatly throughout my boxing journey and words cannot express how great you were as a person! Thank you for everything you've done for Black America, in the the world of sports & entertainment and for the legacy you leave behind! My sincerest condolences to the Ali family!
Oscar dela Hoya, Mike Tyson, George Foreman, and other athletes also expressed grief towards Ali's passing.
It's been said it was Rope a dope, Ali beat me with no his beauty that beat me. Most beauty I've know loved him pic.twitter.com/G64WX3eyZC— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) June 4, 2016
My heart is deeply saddened yet both appreciative and relieved that the greatest is now resting in the greatest place.— Roy Jones Jr. (@RealRoyJonesJr) June 4, 2016