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The Thrilla in Manila (1975)

Frequently rated among the greatest boxing matches of all time, the Thrilla in Manila saw world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali meet rival Joe Frazier for the third—and final—time. Leading up to the match, Ali had publicly taunted Frazier, calling him a "gorilla." Because many believed Frazier to be past his prime, Ali—though older—was expected to win. However, the fight went on for 14 brutal rounds in the sweltering Manila heat, and neither man was able to knock out the other. Who won? More...
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Thrilla in Manila
Thrilla in Manila
Ali-Frazier III Date October 1, 1975
Location Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines
Title(s) on the line WBC/WBA Heavyweight Championship
Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship
United States Muhammad Ali vs. United States Joe Frazier
The Greatest Smokin' Joe
Tale of the tape
Louisville, KY, U.S. From Philadelphia, PA, U.S.
48–2 (35 KO) Pre-fight record 32–2 (27 KO)
WBC/WBA Heavyweight Champion
Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Recognition
Result Ali won via 14th round TKO

The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It was contested for the Heavyweight Championship of the World at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, October 1, 1975. The contest's name is derived from the frequent rhyming boast made by Ali that the fight would be a "Killa and a Thrilla and a Chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila".

The bout is consistently ranked as one of the best in the sport's history and proved to be the culmination of the bitter rivalry between Ali and Frazier.[1][2][3][4]

The first bout between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali took place on March 8, 1971 in New York's Madison Square Garden, and it was a classic. Frazier won by unanimous decision in a fast-paced, brutal 15 round bout, with Smokin' Joe scoring the fight's (and the trilogy's) only knockdown at the beginning of the final round. When the rivals met in a January 1974 rematch, neither was champion; Frazier had lost his title to George Foreman and Ali had recently been beaten by Ken Norton. In a promotional appearance before the second fight, the two took part in an infamous brawl in an ABC studio during an interview segment with Howard Cosell. The rematch itself was a boring, poorly refereed affair. In the 2nd round, Ali stung Frazier with a hard right hand, which backed him up. Referee Tony Peres inexplicably stepped in between the fighters, signifying the end of the round, even though there were about 25 seconds left. In so doing, he gave Frazier precious time to regain his bearings and continue fighting. Peres also utterly failed to contain Ali's tactic of illegally holding and pulling down his opponent's neck in the clinches - which helped Ali to smother Frazier, and gain him the decision. This became a major issue in selecting the referee for the Manila bout.[5][6]
Pre-fight promotions and training

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos sought to hold the bout in Metro Manila and sponsor it in order to divert attention from the social turmoil that the country was experiencing, having declared martial law three years earlier (1972).[7]

In the lead-up to the Manila fight as well as each of their other two encounters, Joe Frazier was made to withstand a withering barrage of verbal abuse from Muhammad Ali. Ali's theme this fight was to hang a nickname on Frazier as he had done to many of his opponents throughout the years. The name he chose was "The Gorilla", and he rhymed out the singsong chant "It will be a Killa and a Thrilla and a Chilla when I get The Gorilla in Manila." while punching an action-figure sized gorilla doll. Ali explained to reporter Dick Schaap that it was part of a longstanding pre-fight strategy of his: "I like to get a man mad, because when a man's mad, he wants ya so bad, he can't think, so I like to get a man mad." This strategy worked in Ali's favor in his defeat of George Foreman, who seemed to explode with rage every round until he had exhausted himself. But Frazier was different, for he had not only skill, but confidence, stamina and the character to persevere in the most difficult of circumstances. Dave Wolf (who was a member of the Frazier team in Manila) further explained; "With all of the residue of anger that Joe had from what had happened before the first fight, what had happened before and during the second fight and after these fights, Joe was ready to lay his life on the line, and... he did."[7]

Ali's fight preparations were badly distracted in the days leading up to the fight. The trouble began when Ali introduced his mistress, Veronica Porsche, to Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos as his wife at a public event. This angered his wife, Belinda Ali, who saw the introduction on television back in the States. Mrs. Ali subsequently flew to Manila, where she engaged her husband in a prolonged shouting match in his hotel suite.[7][8]

In the Frazier camp, trainer Eddie Futch made the decision that the hordes of people and the tension in the steaming hot city were a poor environment to prepare in. Thus, Frazier completed his training for what was to be his final shot at the championship in a lush, quiet setting in the mountainous outskirts of the city of Manila. There, he led a spartan existence often sitting for hours in a contemplative state in preparation for the bout.[7]
Fight strategy and referee selection

Frazier cornerman Eddie Futch's main preoccupation heading into the Manila bout lay in preventing Ali from repeating the illegal tactic of holding Frazier behind the neck to create extended clinches. Ali used this tactic to effectively keep Frazier from getting inside, and enable himself to get needed rest during his victory in their second meeting. By Futch's count Ali had done this 133 times in that fight without being penalized. He also did it while facing the much taller Foreman in his defeat of him in Zaire, leaving little doubt as to his intentions for the upcoming bout in Manila. Sensing trouble, Futch moved to block (Ali-Foreman ref) Zach Clayton as referee by enlisting the aid of Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo. The Mayor refused to let Clayton out of his duties as a Philadelphia civil service employee to go referee the fight. Futch also warned Filipino authorities that Ali was going to mar what was to be a great event for their nation by constantly tying up Frazier illegally. He advised them to assign one of their countrymen to referee the bout, stressing that this would reflect well on the Philippines, and be a source of pride for its people. Futch and Filipino officials (who bought in heavily to the idea) brushed aside complaints from Don King that a Filipino referee would be too small to handle a heavyweight fight. This resulted in the appointment of Filipino Carlos Padilla, Jr.[9]

As for the fight strategy, Futch and his assistant, George Benton thought the key to the fight would be Frazier's persistent attack on Ali's body, including punches to the hips when Ali effectively covered up his torso along the ropes. Benton related; "my expression to Joe was what you've got to do is stay on top of him, and hit the son of a bitch anywhere, hit him on the hips, hit him on the legs. You hit him anywhere!"[7]

Indeed, Frazier's strategy was the epitome of the old boxing axiom "if you kill the body, the head will die." As he described it; "Once I've stopped your organs--when those kidneys and liver stop functioning, he can't move so fast... The organs in his body have to be functioning. If you slow them down, he cannot do what he wants to do."[7]

The Ali camp used the championship as leverage in negotiations, and won out on two key points. The ring size which was 21' by 21' allowed Muhammad the ability to move and circle the ring if he so chose, which would enable him to use his superior boxing skills to his advantage. He also got his preference for 8 oz. gloves which were smaller and less padded than those used in most heavyweight bouts. According to Ali's ring Dr., Ferdie Pacheco, Ali planned to take advantage of Frazier's well-earned reputation as a slow starter, and use his superior reach and hand speed to attack Joe exclusively with punches to the head in the early rounds in the hopes of scoring a knockout, or at least doing enough damage to Frazier to prevent him from fighting effectively as the bout wore on.[7]

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Clay/Ali behaved like a real jerk. Frazier effectively crippled him for life.
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1975: Muhammad Ali wins 'Thrilla in Manila'
US boxer Muhammad Ali has retained the world heavyweight boxing championship after defeating his arch-rival, Joe Frazier, in their third and arguably greatest fight.
The so-called "Thrilla in Manilla" lasted 14 rounds before Frazier's trainer, Eddie Futch, finally persuaded him to call it a day.

Ali said the fight was "the closest thing to dying".

From the first bell the action was furious. Ringside experts classed it among the finest heavyweight title bouts - if not the finest of them all.

"I didn't realise he was so great. He's a real, real fighter."

Muhammad Ali

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