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Joe Frazier defined himself early in life

His closest friends and foes say goodbye on Monday in a private ceremony.

Originally Published: November 14, 2011
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

The man is dead now, and there's a part of the hagiography that stubbornly lives on that's a lie. Even in his own obits, Joe Frazier, who died last Monday at the age of 67, just a few weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer, is still being outshone and having his life refracted through the infinitely more captivating Muhammad Ali. But Muhammad Ali didn't "make" Frazier -- at least not in the most significant way, not if you're talking about what it means to be a man, or, more precisely, ...

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