Set against the backdrop of the "Thrilla in Manila", the epic 1975 battle which many aficionados consider the greatest heavyweight fight ever, this text offers an insight into the 30-year feud between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Set against the backdrop of the "Thrilla in Manila", the epic 1975 battle which many aficionados consider the greatest heavyweight fight ever, this text offers an insight into the 30-year feud between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. American sports journalist Mark Kram has spent nearly the same amount of time preparing to write this book - and the result is this piece of research and social history. When Ali and Frazier met in Manila for the third act of their trilogy of fights, their rivalry had spun out of control. More than a clash of personalities and fighting styles the rivalry, enflamed by the media, took on overtones of politics and race. But in the aftermath of Manila the hype no longer mattered: one man was left with a ruin of a life; the other was battered to his soul. Frazier is now in an advanced state of blindness, still consumed by hate; Ali's once agile and powerful body is withered by the grip of Parkinson's disease.
"Boxing, for all its lies, is about the truth. Let us all thank Mark Kram for Ghosts of Manila, and for reminding us of the dark side of our Sweet Prince [Ali], a side that most would rather dismiss or forget altogether." - F.X. Toole, author of Rope Burns
About Mark Kram, Jr.
Mark Kram was senior boxing writer for Sports Illustrated for eleven years and covered all the major prizefights during that period. His articles on boxing have been widely anthologized. Kram has waited 25 years to write this book - his coverage of the Ali/Frazier fight in Manila was recently voted the best piece of deadline reporting in Sports Illustrated's history.
Ghosts of Manila by Mark Kram, Jr.
Mark Kram, Jr.
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