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Final farewell to "The Champ" Friday

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LOUISVILLE, KY (FOX19) -

It's a farewell fit for a champ.

Some 15,000 people are expected pack the KFC YUM Center Friday to say their final goodbye to "the greatest."

WATCH: FOX19 NOW Reporter Robert Guaderrama is live in Louisville.

Among the fans and admirers, some big names will be in attendance at Muhammad Ali's inter-faith memorial service.

Actor Will Smith, who was nominated for an Oscar for his 2002 portrayal of the boxer and activist in "Ali," will serve as a pallbearer. 

Eulogists will be Lonnie Ali, former president Bill Clinton, sportscaster Bryant Gumbel and actor Billy Crystal.

Friday's funeral proceedings will start with a procession through Louisville.

The procession is set to begin at 9 a.m. and travel 23 miles through streets that are expected to be lined with fans.

The event will start at the funeral home, travel through Ali's childhood neighborhood, the Ali Center downtown and end at Cave Hill Cemetery where "the champ" will be laid to rest.

Ali's interfaith service will begin at 2 p.m.

We will live stream both on www.fox19.com.

While the two-day celebration of Ali's life concludes with Friday's service, his legacy will live on forever.

An Ali family spokesman says "the champ" died with love all around him and today that love will be more apparent than ever.

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