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Monday, October 1, 2012
Yearbook, Oct. 1: The Thrilla in Manila

By Patrick Dorsey

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 Manila
Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali in Manila
Muhammad Ali after beating Joe Frazier in Manila