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'Thrilla in Manila' was epic bout

Updated: December 5, 2005, 3:42 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Fight Oct. 1, 1975 - "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," Ali once said. "But the roughest and toughest was Joe Frazier. He brought out the best in me, and the best fight we fought was in Manila."

Frazier had won their first bout and Ali their second. It was 10:45 a.m. in the Philippines when their rubber match started, and the "The Thrilla in Manila" lived up to ...

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