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Muhammad Ali Receives New York Street Tribute

New York City officials have honoured boxing legend Muhammad Ali by temporarily renaming a street after him.

The sportsman's daughter Laila Ali posted a picture of a construction worker hanging a green sign reading "Muhammad Ali Way" underneath the usual blue sign for West 33rd Street in Manhattan.

Laila praised the decision to honour her father, who died on Friday, in the caption, writing, "New York City temporarily named a street after my father. Such and honour for the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time).

"I'm sending love and positive vibes to all of you who have ever lost someone you love! Thank you for all of you kind words and condolences."

The street, which was renamed on Tuesday, runs past famed sporting venue Madison Square Garden, where Ali fought eight times. His most famous bout was the "Fight of the Century" against Joe Frazier in 1971.

The screens outside the arena also honoured Ali with an old picture alongside the words, "'The Greatest' 1942-2016."

"Today we are paying tribute to the man in the heart of this city," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "He deserves this naming honour and more."

"Ali never backed down from a fight in or outside the ring," he added.

Ali, who died aged 74, will be remembered at a public memorial in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal are set to deliver eulogies, while Will Smith, who played Ali in the 2001 biopic, and boxer Lennox Lewis, will act as pallbearers.

U.S. president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will not attend the funeral because they are attending their daughter Malia's high school graduation ceremony, but they are sending a letter to be read at the service.

It hasn't taken long for Ali mementos to hit the auction block. Two passports are being sold on Wednesday, according to TMZ.com. The first is filled with visas from countries including Venezuela and Portugal from 1971 and is being sold on auction website eBay.com. The second is a replacement passport Ali was issued in 1972 and is expected to fetch $25,000 to $35,000 when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams in New York.

(WENN)

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