muhammad ali frazier 3 special





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Uploaded on Dec 18, 2007

Araheta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines. 1st October, 1975.
The finale of the Ali and Frazier trilogy and probably the greatest fight in boxing history. Although the Thrilla In Manila fight would quickly assume the same iconic status as the Rumble In The Jungle, the announcement that Ali and Frazier had signed to meet for a third time was not met with immediate enthusiasm.Both boxers were considered well past their best. Ali traveled to Manila with a 50 strong entourage, a vast circus of trainers, corner men, gofers and hangers on. Frazier traveled lighter just 17 were in his party, but his was a more heavy presence. He appeared dark and determined, a man bent on revenge and redemption no matter what the cost.This was another Don King promotion. He had extracted a vast fee from President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Emelda, who treated the country's money as their own. Ali received $4 million guaranteed against 43 percent of the gross takings, and Frazier was getting $3 million (Ali in fact received $6 million).
The build up to the fight followed the familiar pattern. Goading Frazier with his"It will be a Killer, And a chiller, And a Thrilla, when I get the gorilla in Manila. At the pre fight press conference Ali produced a toy gorilla and began punching it.

Once again Frazier was hurt by Ali's antics. "Look at my beautiful kids. How can I be a gorilla?" Frazier said. "I don't want to knock him out, I want to take his heart out."

The fight began at 10:45 am to accommodate the closed circuit feed back to the US, with 28,000 Philippinos crammed into the stadium.Almost from the start, it soon become obvious that we were witnessing greatness. Ali started well, throwing right hand leads that had worked well against Foreman. Joe Frazier got caught cold and was tagged several times before he warmed up. By the third round Ali's corner were confident. In the fourth round Ali bust Frazier's mouth open, but Frazier just tossed his head back and kept on coming. The fight became intense, ferocious. In the sixth round Frazier threw a left hook that Angelo Dundee rated as the hardest shot he had seen ever thrown. It landed on ALi's jaw and spun his head round. Somehow, Ali swallowed the shot and said to Frazier, "They told me Joe Frazier was washed up.""They lied, Champ, they lied!" Frazier snarled at Ali.

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