Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. The Greatest vs. Smokin’ Joe. Everything was set. Joe Frazier had beaten Ali in the Fight of the Century, but Ali had his revenge in the rematch. This Thrilla in Manila was not just any fight. it was a fight to prove that Ali was The Greatest and to show to all of those who doubted him that he could do it, even with everything against him. The build up to the fight was momentous, with both Ali and Frazier throwing insults at each other. Although his best years were taken away from him, Ali still had the determination to show otherwise; his speed, which was by far his biggest strength, was still remarkable at 33.
It was a hot morning in Manila – 49 degrees Celsius, with the fight due to start at 10 AM. Ali started with a bang, with Frazier biding his time, as it took him 5 rounds to really make an impact. But, by throwing a series of punches to Frazier’s head, Ali did much damage to his eyes, meaning that by the 14th round, Frazier could barely see, leaving the referee no choice but to end the fight, and name Ali victorious via TKO.
This fight taught people that by never giving up on what you believe in, there’s nothing stopping you from success. This piece was created to set that message in stone and gives proof that, with dedication, anyone, no matter how slim the chances, can be the greatest of all time.