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Muhammad Ali marks 40th anniversary of epic 'Thrilla In Manila' fight

Louisville (Kentucky): Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali celebrated the 40th anniversary of his third fight with Joe Frazier in the Philippines in his Kentucky hometown in the United States.

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Notable erstwhile opponents Larry Holmes and George Foreman and other celebrities including former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal were present on Thursday to honour the three-time world heavyweight champion, Xinhua reported.

Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali, and George Foreman attends the Sports Illustrated Tribute to Muhammad Ali at The Muhammad Ali Center on October 1, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.(Left to right) Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali, and George Foreman attends the Sports Illustrated Tribute to Muhammad Ali at The Muhammad Ali Center on October 1, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. Pic/AFP

Ali's fight with Frazier was a 14-round battle known as the "Thrilla in Manila". Ali earned his second victory over Frazier when the former champion didn't come out for the final round, and that fight is considered one of the greatest events in boxing and sports.

Ali, 73, is battling Parkinson's disease. He did not speak during the ceremony.

The Thrilla In Manila

Thrilla in Manila was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It was contested in 1975 for the Heavyweight Championship of the World at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday, October 1. Ali won by technical knockout (TKO) after Frazier's chief second, Eddie Futch, conceded the fight prior to the 15th round. The contest's name is derived from the frequent rhyming boast made by Ali that the fight would be a "killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila."

The bout is consistently ranked as one of the best in the sport's history and was the culmination of a three-bout rivalry between the two fighters that Ali won 2-1.

Checkout the full fight:

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