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On May 27, 1963, Ali (known then as Cassius Clay) held up five fingers in a prediction of how many rounds it would take him to win against British boxer Henry Cooper. In June 1963, he fulfilled his prediction and was declared the bout winner after five rounds. Kent Gavin/Getty Images hide caption

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New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

"I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed, but ... he had the spirit of a rebel."

On May 27, 1963, Ali (known then as Cassius Clay) held up five fingers in a prediction of how many rounds it would take him to win against British boxer Henry Cooper. In June 1963, he fulfilled his prediction and was declared the bout winner after five rounds. Kent Gavin/Getty Images hide caption

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New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

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