Yearbook, Oct. 1: The Thrilla in Manila

October, 1, 2012
Oct. 1, 1975: To borrow a quote used in an ESPN Classic SportsCentury account of this third and final fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier: "Of all the men I fought, Sonny Liston was the scariest, George Foreman was the most powerful, Floyd Patterson was the most skilled as a boxer. But the roughest and toughest was Joe Frazier. He brought out the best in me, and the best fight we fought was in Manila."

That fight saw Ali dominate early, Frazier battle back late, then The Greatest ultimately triumph on a TKO when Frazier's trainer, Eddie Futch, threw in the towel after Round 14.

Said Futch to Frazier after his fighter had fallen to 1-2 against Ali: "Sit down, son. It's all over but no one will ever forget what you did here today."

Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in ManilaAP Photo
Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali in ManilaAP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita
Muhammad Ali after beating Joe Frazier in ManilaAP Photo
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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