Thrilla: An exhausting, excruciating epic

Having left every ounce inside the ring 30 years ago, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier could not have given anything more to themselves, to each other, to us.

Originally Published: September 28, 2005
By Tim Graham | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of "The Thrilla In Manila," the final installment in the legendary Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier trilogy. In honor of this fight and in anticipation of Antonio Tarver-Roy Jones III on Saturday, ESPN.com explores boxing's -- and other sports' -- great trilogies this week.

They were stripped bare, painfully vulnerable to each other's brutality.

The torrent of a thousand punches in the sweltering heat, preceded by the erosion from too many remorseless ...

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