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Muhammad Ali

HUGE BASKETBALL FAN

... Rooting for Kentucky

4/7/2014 1:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0407_ali_instagramThe University of Kentucky has a huge fan pulling for them in tonight's NCAA Championship Game -- Muhammad Ali ... who, it turns out, is a HUUUGE basketball fan ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke to two-time boxing champ Andre Berto who spent time with Ali this past weekend at the legend's home in Arizona. 

Berto says he was invited over by a mutual friend -- and says it was one of the greatest days of his entire life. 

"I told him how honored I was to meet him. I told him I appreciate him for giving me the inspiration and motivation to be a boxer."

The two spent hours hanging out -- with Ali dishing out all sorts of pearls of wisdom about life such as, "Stay focused on the task" and "Don't worry about the outside noise."

But the highlight, Berto says, was when they all gathered in front of the TV and watched the Final 4 championship games. 

Berto says Ali and his family are BIG TIME college basketball fans and were "cheering left and right" for Kentucky. For the record, Ali hails from the Bluegrass State ... and Berto says he's certainly rooting for UK in tonight's championship game. 

"It was definitely one of the greatest moments in my life," Berto says ... "Probably the greatest moment in my boxing life. To feel those hands, see those hands ... to feel that history. I think I got some of that good energy."

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1.

kgards    

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! The Greatest!

148 days ago
2.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Cassius Clay

148 days ago
3.

James R. - Los Angeles    

GO UK WILDCATS!

148 days ago
4.

spader    

God Ali gets wheeled out and you guys just write anything you like.

148 days ago
5.

arforama    

The Man

148 days ago
6.

Cleveland    

<3

148 days ago
7.

Golden Boy    

Holy **** he got old as ****

148 days ago
8.

Stiletto    

He's also a huge fan of Depends undergarments.

148 days ago
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Cynic    

WOW hard to believe that is my hero , time is never nice to us

148 days ago
10.

Lucky_130    

Cassius Clay is basically brain dead. How can he know whats even goin on in the game, or world for that matter?

148 days ago
11.

SoulCritic    

In other news, Muhammad Ali is still alive.

148 days ago
12.

Dead@27    

Dangit, Muhammad...
Stop making funny faces at the camera !

148 days ago
13.

Dee Kat    

Ct gunna win

148 days ago
14.

Columbo    

He probably could still kick your punk A$$e$ Don't disrespect the legend.

148 days ago
15.

Dead@27    

i wonder if he cooks with a George Foreman Grill.

148 days ago
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