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Celebrities turn out for Muhammad Ali's birthday celebration in Las Vegas

posted 19 Feb 2012, 05:42 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 19 Feb 2012, 05:42 ]

Celebrities turn out for Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday celebration in Las Vegas.

Muhammad Ali was honored Saturday night (February 18) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Singers, actors, athletes, and former opponents turned out to celebrate the 70th birthday of the man known simply as "The Greatest."
8-time Grand Slam singles champion Andre Agassi, just one of the few sports legends in attendance, praised Ali for his work out of the ring.

"Here's a man who has always been true to himself, a man who's always been speaking on behalf of those who don't have a voice. He's fought for hunger. He's fought for equalities. He's been tireless. He's used his platform to do things far greater than what benefits him and I think he's been an example not just to other athletes who strive to have his sort of impact but he's an inspiration to all of us," said Agassi.

The celebration featured performances from a variety of artists and Muhammad Ali's daughter, Rasheda, told Reuters there was one singer she knew her father would be thrilled to see.

"I can't wait to see his expression when Stevie Wonder comes out. He has a long history with Stevie Wonder. He's known him his whole life," said Rasheda Ali.

The celebration was Keep Hope Alive's 16th annual "Power of Love Gala." Proceeds from the event will go to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center. The boxing legend has been battling Parkinson's since 1984.