Thrilla in Manila Documentary

By Boxing News on July 4, 2013
Thrilla in Manila Documentary
Guts, heart, power, heat, these were the elements that made this fight so memorable.


“Sit down, son. It’s all over. But no one will ever forget what you did here today.”—Eddie Futch to Joe Frazier

The Oct. 1, 1975 rubber match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, and known as the “Thrilla in Manila,” was a bona fide classic. It featured two of the greatest heavyweight in history, two men for whom the word quit was absent from their vocabulary. Guts, heart, power, heat, these were the elements that made this fight unforgettable. It’s a tribute to Frazier’s and Ali’s resilience that they survived it as well as they did…

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  1. Lonesome Coyote 06:32am, 06/02/2012

    And, of course, were it down to them, BOTH Ali and Frazier would have come out for the final round. But Eddie Futch knew the truth of the situation and stopped it. IMO!

  2. Lonesome Coyote 06:27am, 06/02/2012

    “Windbag” is correct. I can’t stand to hear the man burble on as if he knows anything worth while.

  3. john coiley 05:07am, 05/20/2012

    without a doubt, one of, if not THE classic of all time. two great warriors, head to head in the “square circle” where we know, only one will prevail. I didn’t choose sides for this one, the skills and determination too parallel to quantify…

  4. ApeMan1976 05:18pm, 05/19/2012

    My heart is softening toward Ferdie as I start to see just how much work he’s done in the boxing world over the years. 

    But I can’t deny he’s a windbag.  Sometimes you wonder if he’s even listening to what he’s saying or if he just likes the sound of his own voice.

  5. Don from Prov 12:50pm, 11/19/2011

    I loved the documentary but it seemed a little biased toward Joe—not that doing so in the context of treating each as men would be hard, but there was that strong indication that Ali wouldn’t have come out for the final round: I don’t care what he said, or what Wilie Monroe THOUGHT Ali said, the man was coming out to fight.  And what a pus-filled old windbag Pacheco is!

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