REMEMBERING MUHAMMAD ALI
Died June 3, 2016, at the age of 74.
The third and final match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier was the 1975 battle for the heavyweight championship of the world that was watched by a global audience of one billion people.
The ‘Thrilla in Manilla’ was fought in the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines on Wednesday, October 1.
One of the most bruising battles in boxing history ended in an anticlimax when Ali won by TKO at the end of the 14th round after Frazier’s chief second Eddie Futch asked the referee to stop the fight.
The historic event — the culmination of a three-bout rivalry between the two champions that Ali won 2–1 — shows the courage and stamina of two of the greatest gladiators the world has ever seen.
“If God ever calls me to a holy war,” Muhammad Ali said afterwards, “I want Joe Frazier fighting beside me.”
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, Ali said, “I conquered the world and it did not bring me satisfaction. God gave me this illness to remind me that I’m not number one, He is.”