Muhammad Ali’s fame came from inside the boxing ring, but his legend stretched outside the ropes.

Ali didn’t reserve his potent stings for boxing matches — he playfully battled with interviewers and asserted opinions with confidence for talk show audiences. He even flexed his singing skills in a duet with Sam Cooke in 1964.

Take a look below at the moments that helped turn a boxer into an icon.

The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, 1972

Muhammad Ali and Sam Cooke singing “The Gang’s All Here,” 1964

On “Getting ready to meet God,” 1977

Muhammad Ali and the Jackson 5, 1977

Muhammad Ali surprises Sylvester Stallone at the Oscars, 1977

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