I never saw Muhammad Ali fight on television, never saw his great fights with Joe Frazier on live tv. We didn't have multiple sports channels in the 1970s to entertain us. But he was permanently embalmed in our collective imagination. Some icons don't need to be seen in flesh and blood. We didn't need to watch Ali box. The ring was only a sideshow, the world was his stage. Ali was not just the best boxer of his generation, he was arguably the greatest sportsperson ever.