Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Alí will remember Frazier

There was a time when Muhammad Ali mercilessly mocked Joe Frazier, called him ugly and questioned his most memorable manhood.

After
his opponent died on Monday night, Ali overflowed in words of praise for Smokin Joe. "The world lost a great champion. Joe will always remember with respect and admiration, "Ali said in a brief statement. "I send my love to your family and loved ones."


Frazier died at age 67 after a short battle with liver cancer. Frazier and Ali will be linked forever, two heavyweight champions and bitter enemies in the ring who fought in three epic bouts.

Frazier
won the first match at Madison Square Garden in what is called Fight of the Century. Ali said the last two.

Outside the ring, Ali called Frazier as a gorilla. Within the ring, fought almost to death in his third fight in Manila.

"Good night Joe Frazier. I love you, dear friend, "he wrote on his Twitter account the former world champion George Foreman, who hammered Frazier to win the title. Manny Pacquiao said that boxing has lost a "great champion" and a "great ambassador." Serena Williams saw it as an icon and a pioneer. "We will miss your presence," he wrote on Twitter.


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