Comedian Billy Crystal, journalist Bryant Gumbel and former U.S. president Bill Clinton remember boxing legend Muhammad Ali at a memorial in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The memorial service for boxing champion Muhammad Ali was capped on Friday (June 10) with speeches from comedian Billy Crystal, journalist Bryant Gumbel and former U.S. president Bill Clinton. Taking to the stage, Crystal first joked about the length of the service, which stretched for more than 2 hours in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, before remembering his longtime friend. "Every one of his fights was an aura of a Super Bowl. He did things nobody would do: he predicted the round he would knock somebody out and then he would do it. He was funny. He was beautiful. He was the most perfect athlete you ever saw, and those were his own words," said Crystal. Gumbel, like many who spoke at the service, remembered Ali's influence on the world. "But Ali's impact was not limited to those of a certain race, or a certain religion, or of a certain mindset. The greatness of this man for the ages was that he was in fact a man for all ages," said Gumbel. And Clinton, the final speaker of the day, joked about his position in the line-up before honoring Ali. "Muhammad is saying now, 'Well, I thought I should be eulogized by at least one president and by making you last in a long, long, long line, I guaranteed you a standing ovation.' We've all seen the beautiful pictures of the home Muhammad Ali was a boy in, and people visiting and driving by. I think he decided, something I hope every young person here will decide, I think he decided very young to write his own life story. I think he decided before he could possibly have worked it all out, and before fate and time could work their will on him, he decided that he would not be ever dis-empowered." Ali died a week ago at age 74 as one of the most respected men in the United States.