Today marks 30 years since Muhammad Ali’s last fight. (a fight, in which, he lost to Trevor Berbick)
Across five decades and through dozens of boxing bouts and portrait sessions, photographer Neil Leifer came closer than anyone ever has to capturing the essence of, arguably, the greatest athlete who ever lived. Leifer recently sat down with LIFE and selected his own favorite images of The Greatest of All Time.
(see more — Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Pictures)