On February 14, 1973 Elvis Presley visited Muhammad Ali before a fight in Las Vegas, Nevada to give him this “Elvis Style” robe that says ‘People’s Choice” on the back in rhinestones and jewels.
Ali thanked Elvis for the robe then went directly to the Las Vegas Convention Center for his fight that night against Joe Bugner. Ali did not wear the “Elvis robe” for his fight that night and he went on to win a unanimous decision. A month later on March 31, 1973, Ali did wear the “Elvis robe” into the ring for his fight against Ken Norton in San Diego, California. Here is a photo of Ali in the ring with the “Elvis robe” on…
The television commentator for the fight said ‘That robe was given by Elvis Presley at his last fight in Las Vegas. It cost around $3000.00 and it’s Ali’s pride and joy.” Ali lost the fight and never again wore the robe into the ring again considering it bad luck. He did wear it again in this photo before it was put on display.
“Elvis was my close personal friend. He came to my Deer Lake training camp about two years before he died. He told us he didn’t want nobody to bother us. He wanted peace and quiet and I gave him a cabin in my camp and nobody even knew it. When the cameras started watching me train, he was up on the hill sleeping in the cabin. Elvis had a robe made for me. I don’t admire nobody, but Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you’d want to know.” – Muhammad Ali