“It’s a Pity That He Is No Longer Among Us”: Fans Join Laila Ali in Paying Tribute to Late Muhammad Ali With a Touching Father’s Day Post

Published Jun 18, 2023 | 4:43 AM EDT

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As the sun kissed the horizon, an unusual serenity swept over the world of boxing on this Father’s Day. The boxing ring was silent, yet whispers of a bygone era echoed in the hearts of millions. The legend of Muhammad Ali, a titan who once danced in that very ring, seemed to come alive. His daughter, Laila Ali, took to Instagram in a heartfelt homage to her father, imbuing the virtual world with a sense of nostalgia and bittersweet celebration.

The centerpiece of her tribute was not a classic bout of ‘The Greatest’ nor one of his eloquent quotes. Instead, it was an intimate snapshot of time, forever frozen: a photograph of Muhammad Ali cradling an infant Laila in his arms. With this emotionally charged image, she unveiled not the world-renowned boxing champion, but a side of Ali only she had the privilege to know intimately – Ali, the father.

Laila Ali’s nostalgic father’s day tribute to Muhammad Ali

The touching image shared by Laila on Instagram, a tender moment between father and daughter, was accompanied by a caption that extended a heartfelt tribute to all fathers. “Happy Father’s Day to all the men who are dads~Your love, presence, support, masculinity, and protection can never be replaced! We see you and love you! ❤️”

This loving acknowledgment stirred a wave of responses from fans who resonated with the tribute to fathers and fondly remembered the boxing legend.

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User h.m 1986, resonated with the nostalgic image shared by Laila. He commented, “Little Leila in the arms of the king of boxing, it’s a pity that he is no longer among us😍.” Another user named Jame Wallace, deeply moved by Laila’s message, wrote, “I love this. Thanks for acknowledging the Fathers. We rarely get recognition.”

A fan named Mark Walker shared his sentiment. He wrote, “Father’s Day is the most disrespectful holiday on the calendar. There are men all over the world that are On Post doing their jobs and representing, even though there is No affirmation. Your message is on time and Powerful Sis…🙏🏾🙌🏾💪🏾❤.”

Sharing her own emotional connection to Muhammad Ali, Judith Judah remarked, “I miss him too. I love the fact he was never scared to speak his peace always amazed me as a young child I’m 56 now.” Another fan named Omar Casalini’s reaction brought a lump in the throat of many. He wrote, “❤️❤️❤️❤️Laila you had a very special father…”

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These heartwarming reactions serve as a testament to the legacy of Muhammad Ali and the deep affection his fans continue to hold for him. The love and respect for fathers globally were palpable, echoing through the digital space, underscoring the importance of the day dedicated to all the dads out there.

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Written by:

Mrinal Mishra


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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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