EDDIE G. ALINEA

THRILLA IN MANILA FLASHBACK

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It wasn’t all works for Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in their fortnight stay in Manila prior to their historic Thrilla In Manila world heavyweight championship encounter October 1, 1975 at the Araneta Coliseum (re-Christened Philippine Coliseum). The two best fighters of their era, in fact, had to test their…

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The arrival of foreign media men in the country signalled the full operation of the three of four press centers that catered to the needs of journalists covering the final episode of the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier trilogy called “Thrilla In Manila” and “Super Fight III. The morning after they flew…

THRILLA IN MANILA FLASHBACK

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Joe Fraszier could have called Muhammad Ali Kuya—a Tagalog address of respect for an elder brother—at least for several days before they destroyed each other when they fought for the latter’s world heavyweight title 42 years ago in Manila. That was when the City of Manila adopted the two greatest…

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Had they been alive today, both Czech Olympian Emil Zatopek and American professional fighter Willie Pep would have turned 95 years old last Tuesday, September 19. Both were born in the year 1922. Zatopek, winner of three gold medals inthe1952 Summer Games in Helsinki, and Pep (Guglielmo Papaleo in real…

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This, defending world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali and challenger Joe Frazier vowed on several occasions during their almost a month stay in the country for their October 1, 1975 title fight called “Thrilla In Manila.’ In a talk with newsmen in his Manila Hilton suite five days after his arrival,…

THRILLA IN MANILA FLASHBACK

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The men who will be at the corners of title -defending Muhammad Ali and challenger Joe Frazier for the October 1st “Thrilla” In Manila” world heavyweight championship showdown expressed satisfaction seeing the facilities inside the Philippine Coliseum, site of the duo’s 15-roud showdown. The imported Everlast ring that had just…

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As early as a month ago before Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali put his world heavyweight crown on the block against ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier on October 1, 1975, foreign journalists had already flown in Manila in what assured the country of massive international exposure it never had gotten before. Already in…

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Muhammad Ali came to Manila in mid-September 1975 to defend his world heavyweight title against archrival Joe Frazier. He lost his wife Belinda instead. Before boarding he Philippine Airlines flight to the fight site, Ali listed 50 people to compose his team. By the time his full entourage had come,…

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Last Monday, September 11, marked the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th year birth anniversary. His fellow IIocanos and those who believed in what he had accomplished in his lifetime as a congressman, senator and Chief Executive celebrated his centennial in the Ilocos region. Others commemorated his b-day by hearing mass…

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