Remembering Muhammad Ali: TV programs and schedules

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A still from When We Were Kings
Muhammad Ali Made In Miami
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Beloved boxer, philanthropist and American icon Muhammad Ali died June 3 at age 74  after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. As an athlete, he won the gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in the light heavyweight division. He then won the world heavyweight championship in 1964, 1974 and 1978. Outside of the ring, he was an inspiration to many for his work as a philanthropist and his vocal opposition to the Vietnam War. He earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Below is a list of programs that pay tribute to “The Greatest,” including the Muhammad Ali funeral schedule. Check back for updates.


Friday, June 10

Procession and Memorial Service on Bounce TV at 9amET/6amPT
Bounce TV will carry Muhammad Ali’s farewell procession through the streets of Louisville and his memorial service live, uninterrupted and commercial-free

The Greatest on Bounce TV (after the Procession)
A dramatization of Ali’s life, The Greatest begins with Cassius Clay winning gold at the 1960 Olympic Games and then follows his stunning victory over Sonny Liston, his conversion to Islam and name change, Ali’s refusal of the military draft on religious grounds and subsequent nearly four-year long court battle to fight again. Ali wins the legal victory and then returns to the ring and takes part in what many consider some of the greatest boxing matches of all time.

Muhammad Ali Funeral: Remembering the Greatest on Bounce TVTV One, CNN, FOX News, HLN  and ESPN at 1:30pmET/10:30amPT
Live coverage of Muhammad Ali’s funeral service. Eulogies by President Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumbel and Billy Crystal. *Note that Bounce TV, TV One, FOX News and ESPN will air the funeral beginning at 2pm.

Sports Detectives: Ali’s Gold Medal  on Smithsonian Channel at 4pmET/PT,  6pmET/PT and 10pm
In his biography Muhammad Ali tells the story of what happened to his Olympic gold medal from the 1960 Rome Olympics: Disgusted by being refused service in a Louisville diner, he tossed the medal into the Ohio River, making it an enduring symbol of his struggle for Civil Rights. But is that story true, or simply part of the legend of Muhammad Ali?

Lives That Changed The World: Muhammad Ali on Smithsonian Channel at 5pmET/PT and 9pmET/PT
No one had seen a heavyweight fighter with such speed and grace, nor heard one that spoke like a poet. And no one expected him to fly in the face of authority and risk everything for his beliefs. Hear these stories from the people closest to Ali – those who witnessed his life and who, in turn, were inspired to take bold actions on their own.

Muhammad Ali: Fighting Spirit on TV One at 7pmET/4pmPT
A history tells of how world champion boxer Muhammad Ali earned his career.

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight on HBO at 8pmET/PT
Released in 2013, this film is about the politics and hubris surrounding the Vietnam War and the revenge exacted on America’s greatest sportsman of the 20th century because he refused to fight in that war. Directed by Stephen Frears. Stars Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, Ed Begley, Jr.

Saturday, June 11

Lives That Changed The World: Muhammad Ali on Smithsonian Channel at 3pmET/PT

Sunday, June 12

Muhammad Ali: Fighting Spirit on TV One at 12amET/9pmPT (June 11)

Lives That Changed The World: Muhammad Ali on Smithsonian Channel at 5pmET/PT

The Greatest on Sony Movie Channel at 7pmET/4pmPT and 8:45pmET/5:45pmPT

 Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round on Bounce TV starting at 9pmET/6pmPT
Several special tributes to the champ.

Sunday, June 19

The Greatest on Sony Movie Channel at 12pmET/9amPT

Saturday, June 25

The Greatest on Sony Movie Channel at 1:25pmET/10:25amPT


  1. Hi Kathryn,
    I don’t see a replay of the funeral airing anywhere at this time. I’ll keep checking for you.

  2. Please replay the whole funeral on tv and pkease advise me. I would like to see the fox 50 asvit was not interrupted. I missed most of itvon other channel because of commercials. I did notcrealuze it would bevon fox 50

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