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Thousands Of Bees Swarmed Near A Mural At The Muhammad Ali Memorial Center

The mural features the boxing great's famous quote "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." A local beekeeper said he has never seen bees swarm near the mural before.

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A swarm of bees appeared near a mural in Louisville, Kentucky, honoring the late Muhammad Ali through one of his most famous quotes: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

A coincidence or a sign from #MuhammadAli? Thousands of bees swarm tree near Ali mural. Story tonight on @WLKY

A swarm of bees gathered on a tree Sunday morning next to the "Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee" mural across from the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, the champion boxer's hometown.

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McKinney estimated there were about 15,000 near the mural.

"It was a very big swarm," he said.

Ali famously coined the catchphrase "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" in October 1974 before regaining the heavyweight championship title in a fight against George Foreman.

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"You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned?" said Ali. "Wait 'til I whup George Foreman's behind. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hand can't hit what his eyes can't see. Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't. I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale. Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I'm so mean, I make medicine sick."

McKinney said the significance of the sudden bee swarm was not lost.

They showed up sometime yesterday. Beekeeper insists this has never happened. #RIPMuhammadAli #Ali #StingLikeABee

"The irony is not lost on me at all," he said.

Leticia Miranda is a retail reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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