“Thrilla in Manila” Closed Circuit Poster (1975) :: Goodbye Joe

By October 26, 2011Videos

Joe Frazier passed away yesterday (November 8, 2011) He was 67 years old.

1975 "Thrilla in Manila" Closed Circuit Poster Signed by Ali, Frazier & Neiman

The third and final fight between Ali and Frazier. The beating they put on each other was epic.

1975 “Thrilla in Manila” Closed Circuit Poster Signed by Ali, Frazier & Neiman. One of Neiman’s most famous paintings was used for this closed circuit poster advertising the famed Thrilla. Poster measures 14×22″ and is signed in 9+/10 black sharpie by the artist and both combatants.
– Heritage Auctions

 

When Muhammad Ali met Joe Frazier in Manila for the third, bloody act of their heroic trilogy of fights, the rivalry had spun out of control. More than a clash of personalities or fighting styles, the Ali-Frazier match up had become a kind of madness, inflamed by the media and the politics of race. When the “Thrilla in Manila” was over, the hype no longer mattered: one man was left with the ruin of a life; the other was battered to his soul.
– From Ghosts of Manila by Mark Kram. (I re-read this excellent book every couple of years).

+ Source:
Thrilla in Manila Closed Circuit Poster (1975) :: Signed by Ali, Frazier & Neiman:: Heritage Auctions
+ Related:
Chasing Ghosts of Manila :: By David Halberstam :: ESPN
The Darker Side of Muhammad Ali :: By Larry Platt :: Salon

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