EDDIE G. ALINEA

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Joe Frazier’s first two days in Manila since his arrival proved to be relatively quiet as compared to the following tumultuous two weeks immediately before the final episode of his trilogy with world defending heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali called “Thrilla in Manila” on the first of October, 1975. The morning…

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Following American sprinter-Jessie Owens’ triumphant gold medal run in the men’s 100-meter of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Adolf Hitler, the author of the Aryan Supremacy theory declared: “The Americans should be ashamed of themselves letting Negroes win their medals for them. I shall not shake hands with this…

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The battle of nerves between heavyweights Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier that started when the two first fought in 1971, reignited in 1974 in their rematch was relived anew in the twin press conferences held separately in 1975 in Kuala Lumpur and New York. On July 2, 1975 and on…

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Three weeks from now, the country will be commemorating the 42nd Anniversary of the Muham­mad Ali-Joe Frazier world heavyweight championship popularly known worldwide “Thrilla In Manila.” Few would probably now know that had the original plan of staging here the World Chess encounter between American Bobby Fischer and Russian Anatoly…

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Three years following Chapter One of their Trilogy in 1971, Muhammad Ali, the defeated challenger, and Joe Frazier, who remained the world heavyweight champion, went separate ways, the former wanting to recover lost time and the latter savoring his recent victory. Ali, whose march to greatness was delayed by a…

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Muhammad Ali was sidelined for three-and-a-half long years brought about by his suspension for refusing to be drafted into the military. Such suspension was lifted in August 1970. Two months later Ali climbed up the ring and knocked out Jerry Quarry in three rounds in Atlanta paving the way for…

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“You gotta have a butterfly net to catch me … It’s gonna be a chilla, and a thrilla, when I get the Gorilla in Manila.” These lines, coming from the lips of Muhammad Ali, formally gave birth to the “Thrilla In Manila,” the world heavyweight championship bout between him and…

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The just-concluded 29th Southeast Asian Games held in Kuala Lumpur showed how Malaysia exploited to the hilt the right given to a host country to choose the sports and events it wants to include or exclude in furtherance to its bid for the overall championship. As results showed, Malaysian athletes…

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“Nothing to be ashamed of.” With these inspiring words, ring icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao welcomed the Filipino athletes upon their return after representing the country in the recently concluded 29th Southeast Asian Games held in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. “You have nothing to be ashamed of for…

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