Street near Madison Square Garden temporarily becomes Muhammad Ali Way

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced West 33rd Street adjacent to the arena will be temporarily named for Ali. (Photo: Mayor's Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced West 33rd Street adjacent to the arena will be temporarily named for Ali. (Photo: Mayor’s Office)

NEW YORK — 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 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.

Ali fought eight times at the Garden. The most famous bout was the Fight of the Century against Joe Frazier in 1971.

Temporary street signs are posted for a few days.

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.

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