Philippines officials interested in Tyson-Lewis bout

Updated: February 11, 2002, 10:32 PM ET
Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines, battling an image problem of its own, is making a pitch for the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight, billing it as a repeat of the "Thrilla in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier nearly three decades ago.

Tourism Secretary Richard Gordon said Saturday that the Philippines was "serious" about landing the match to promote the country, which has been saddled with a bad reputation over law-and-order problems, including kidnappings by the Muslim extremist ...

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