Cubao in Quezon City, Philippines, is at the intersection of the rail trains, the MRT and the LRT, diabolical symbols of private-public partnerships that have ruined the sanity of working people and destroyed their faith in progress. The management of the rail trains is marked by incompetence, blatant graft, and criminal negligence, all of which harass commuters daily; hence traffic hellhole that is Cubao. Used to have good bookstores though.
After The Thrilla in Manila, Joe “The Gorilla” Frazier never forgave Muhammad Ali. When Ali lit the Olympic torch in 1996, Frazier said, “It would have been a good thing if he would have lit the torch and fallen in. If I had the chance, I would have pushed him in.” In his biography, Frazier said of Ali, “I'll open up the graveyard and bury his ass when the Lord chooses to take him.” But the Lord took Frazier first. Frazier died of liver cancer in 2011. Thankfully for the world, at the moment Ali is still alive. R.I.P, Joe Frazier! You are loved, even though you are quite bitter!
In the build-up to The Thrilla In Manila, 1975, Ali said, “Anybody black who thinks Frazier can whup me is an Uncle Tom.” This made Joe Frazier sad because after all he secretly gave Ali cash during the time Ali made no money because he refused to go to war.
Muhammad Ali is The Greatest. Was he friends with The King? He did receive a sequined robe from Elvis Presley in 1974 emblazoned with the words People’s Choice. A misnomer, as Ali was People’s Champ. Ali accepted the gift because, well, it was a $3000 rhinestone bathrobe from Elvis. He wore the robe in his fight against Ken Norton on March 31, 1974—which he lost. He never wore it again. It was just too damned heavy. T.M.S.—too many sequins. Ali grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, listening to Johnny Cash. Ali is a saint because he refused to go to war when he was drafted for Vietnam. He was a conscientious boxer. (On the other hand, Elvis suited up for the Korean War and admired President Nixon; Elvis was a man of civics and also wanted Nixon to appoint him America’s anti-drugs ambassador.) Ali was absolutely beautiful and made everyone want to be black.