NEW YORK (AP) — A length of street next to New York’s Madison Square Garden is being temporarily renamed Muhammad Ali Way to honor the late boxing legend.
Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) announced Tuesday that West 33rd Street adjacent to the arena will be temporarily named for Ali. The Democratic mayor says Ali “never backed down from a fight in or outside the ring.”
The 74-year-old three-time heavyweight champion was from Louisville, Kentucky. He died Friday in Phoenix.
A public plaza near Madison Square Garden was given the permanent designation Joe Louis Plaza in 1984.
Louis was another legendary fighter. He died in 1981.