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Gloves and robe worn by Muhammad Ali, three-time heavyweight boxing champion, about 1975Gloves and robe worn by Muhammad Ali, three-time heavyweight boxing champion, about 1975

"The Greatest" gained fame for his boxing skills as well as the controversy he generated outside the ring. In 1976 the Smithsonian acquired Ali's boxing gloves and robe for an exhibition on American culture, A Nation of Nations. At the donation ceremony, before a crowd of reporters and cheering spectators, Ali predicted that his Everlast gloves would become "the most famous thing in this building."

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