Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier - October 1, 1975

One of the greatest fighs in boxing history for heavyweight world title took place on October, 1 1975 in Manila and was named Thrilla in Manila. Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos offered to hold the bout in Metro Manila and sponsor it to divert attention from the social turmoil that the country was experiencing. Muhammad ALI, world heavyweight champion, defended his title against former champion Joe FRAZIER, who became champion after Ali was stripped his belt over his refusal to join the armed forces when drafted during the Vietnam war. It was fantastic fight, that was ended, when Frazier's trainer decided to stop the bout after round 14 rather than risk a similar or worse fate for Frazier.