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.