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Topic: Thrilla in Manilla Documentary
Rag Time
Rag Time (20 Posts) on Sun 26-Apr-2009:

In the new HBO documentary about the Manilla fight, the commentators seem to be in agreement that the fight was fairly even going into the last round. I thought Ali had a pretty big lead even though they both took terrible beatings. That may be because when you watch on television you can't hear the splats of the body shots like you can ringside. Has anybody who watched the fight on television thought Frazier was ahead or close? (I scored it 9-5 for Ali before they stopped it)

Also, Ali may have said "cut em off" like he did against Liston in their first fight, but I think Dundee would have once again pushed him back out. He could have just tied Fazier up the last round. Still, it was very interesting to see how close history was to being so very, very different. Thoughts on the show?

rajpsingh (2 Posts) on Fri 19-Jun-2009:

What was interesting about this documentary to me is the angle that Ali wanted to quit and Frazier wanted to keep fighting at the end. I'm not sure if this is actually true or if the film-makers just presented the story this way because they interviewed Frazier and so many people associated with Frazier for the film. In any event, I liked hearing Frazier's side of the story. Ali's story is also good but there is so much pro-Ali material out there and we've all heard it a million times.


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