Parkinson: You wanted somehow to cuddle Ali
21 November 2016 Last updated at 11:37 GMT
Muhammad Ali was so much more than just a boxer. He has been called a kaleidoscope of a man, with things to say on a dizzying range of subjects.
Michael Parkinson, who interviewed Ali four times, has now written a book called Muhammad Ali, A Memoir. He tells the Today programme why he thought Ali was "beautiful".