The Thriller in Manila - Ali vs. Frazier
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During the 1970s boxing fans were treated to some of the great heavyweight battles of all time. But none captured the imagination of the public more than the fights between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. Their first fight in 1971 was held in New York's Madison Square Garden and was hailed as the "Fight of the Century." It was the first time ever that two undefeated heavy weight champions went toe-to-toe, with Frazier winning a 15-round decision. The first re-match in 1974, also held at MSG, and this time it was Ali who prevailed in a 15-round decision.
In 1975, the third and final battle took place. The venue was set up in the Philippine capital of Manila to try to maximize as much live television coverage as possible around the world. And what the world saw was an unbelievable battle between two proud warriors that ended with a TKO in the 14th round as Frazier could not answer the bell because of swelling over his eyes. Both fighters were completely battered, bruised and exhausted after the fight, which many boxing enthusiasts view as the greatest fight ever.