ways than one but as the new HBO doc Thrilla In Manila
shows Joe was always more of a man. Ali was the shuck
and jive dandy to Joe's humble and tireless working class
dude. In terms of public opinion, sadly it was never a fair
fight and the Nation of Islam's manipulation of Ali was as
savvy a marketing move as any cult has yet made.
Ali's turning on the one man, Joe Frazier, who had helped
in his darkest hour was shameful. Frazier's still hurting
from the three brutally historic run-ins and to a certain
extent takes glee in the Ali's current physical state. It's
powerful shit. Watch it on HBO for an insightful look at
history from an egregiously neglected point of view, but
keep your guard up, it's bruising.
Joe Frazier is the motherfuckin' man.