In his apparent only Fresno visit, Muhammad Ali gives 7-year-old Elicia Pace a hug. The occasion was a May 20, 1971 benefit boxing show at Selland Arena; among the planned beneficiaries was the family of Eddie Pace, a boxer from Los Angeles who had died a few months earlier. Only 257 fans showed up, so the promoter and the beneficiaries lost out. Ali didn’t let the Paces go home emptyhanded – he reportedly gave Elicia $500 and told her, “This is for you. Give it to your mommy and buy something nice.”
In his apparent only Fresno visit, Muhammad Ali gives 7-year-old Elicia Pace a hug. The occasion was a May 20, 1971 benefit boxing show at Selland Arena; among the planned beneficiaries was the family of Eddie Pace, a boxer from Los Angeles who had died a few months earlier. Only 257 fans showed up, so the promoter and the beneficiaries lost out. Ali didn’t let the Paces go home emptyhanded – he reportedly gave Elicia $500 and told her, “This is for you. Give it to your mommy and buy something nice.” Ryan Marty Fresno Bee archive
In his apparent only Fresno visit, Muhammad Ali gives 7-year-old Elicia Pace a hug. The occasion was a May 20, 1971 benefit boxing show at Selland Arena; among the planned beneficiaries was the family of Eddie Pace, a boxer from Los Angeles who had died a few months earlier. Only 257 fans showed up, so the promoter and the beneficiaries lost out. Ali didn’t let the Paces go home emptyhanded – he reportedly gave Elicia $500 and told her, “This is for you. Give it to your mommy and buy something nice.” Ryan Marty Fresno Bee archive

The night Muhammad Ali entertained 257 fans at Selland Arena

June 04, 2016 01:49 PM

UPDATED June 04, 2016 04:18 PM

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