With the recent death of boxing great Muhammad Ali I'm reminded that I was stationed in the Philippines when the "Thrilla in Manila" match took place.
I had been station in the Philippines for less than a month. We were given off work that morning so we could find a TV and watch the match. We went to the enlisted club in Cubi Pt. The Philippines was a buzz about the fight. This was and probably still is the biggest sporting event in the history of the Philippines. I remember Ali and Frazier pounding each other and dripping with sweat. It was more than likely about 50C in the ring at Araneta Coliseum...plus the humidity.
Wiki has an excellent account of the fight.
Yes, Muhammad Ali was..."the Greatest".
and I was always a loyal Frazier Fan, Joe will always be my man, though I liked Forman and Ken Norton, who was from Jacksonville, IL. Ken Norton was a class act, and a Gentleman. I'll always remember Cassius Clay!