A new documentary about the extraordinary life and work of Muhammad Ali is set to air on HBO in May.
What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali is a two-part HBO Sports documentary, exploring the life of one of the 20th century’s most iconic figures. Lebron James is one of the documentary executive producers, and it was directed by Antonie Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw).
The documentary was made with the full participation of the Ali family estate, and will include never-before-seen photos and coverage from the family’s private collection alongside cinematic recreations of the more famous moments in Ali’s life.
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“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill." - Muhammad Ali
Ali left a lasting impression with his political activism as much as his athletic prowess in the boxing ring. This year marks the 55th anniversary of Ali’s name change from Cassius Clay to Ali. Former Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad announced the name change during a radio address in March 1964.
In 1984, the heavyweight legend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome, which took him away from boxing. He eventually died in 2016 at the age of 74 from reasons related to his Parkinson’s disease.
Catch the trailer for the documentary below
What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali debuts May 14 at 8 p.m. ET.