How we failed Joe Frazier

He was everything Muhammad Ali isn't, and that cost him the affection he deserved

Originally Published: November 9, 2011
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Joe Frazier never got enough from us. Never enough affection, never enough respect. Joe Frazier never got the love we poured down so freely on Muhammad Ali. For this I blame myself.

As a child of the 1960s, what I recall of Joe Frazier is indissoluble from what I remember of Muhammad Ali. Like a lot of kids back then, Ali was my hero. Frazier therefore only the foil, the villain, the second banana. I was too young and stupid to understand that each made the other; that each would ...

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