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    1975 Muhammad Ali Training Worn Trunks for the Thrilla In Manilla. Ali-Frazier III, better known as the Thrilla In Manila, was the last and greatest of the three Ali-Frazier fights and, for many boxing historians, the foremost effort ever put forth in a boxing ring by two fighters in the history of the sport.

    The contest was the ultimate rubber match, with each fighter having already bested the other once. Frazier won their inaugural meeting in 1971 when he knocked down Ali in the fifteenth round at Madison Square Garden and retained his heavyweight title. Ali countered with a twelve-round unanimous decision in 1974 to even the score.

    Going into their third fight, both fighters knew that whomever won in Manila would secure a special place in boxing history, as well as bragging rights for the rest of their lives.

    In addition to their professional rivalry, Ali and Frazier also had deep-seated personal disdain for each other which germinated in the late 1960's and manifested itself in the years that followed in the form of escalating animosity. In many ways, it was this deeply emotional undercurrent which was the primary motivation for fighters leading up to and during this bout.

    Ali resented Frazier for not taking a firmer stand for him when he was banned from boxing for three-and-a-half years for refusing induction into the Army. And he considered Frazier as part of the establishment, going so far as to label him an "Uncle Tom" and comparing Frazier as a "gorilla." Frazier felt betrayed by Ali who he had helped out financially during his ban and was deeply hurt and angered by Ali's taunts.

    The white satin training trunks on offer here are the same make and style as the ones which Ali would go on to wear in the actual fight. They display a black waistband and side stripes, along with a large, silk "Everlast" manufacturing tag with the designation that it was "Made Expressly For Muhammad Ali." The entire area on the trunks exhibit staining and discoloration which has resulted in the white turning to a cream color and the black turning to a bronze hue.

    When you watch Ali-Frazier III and you see the see the punishment each man delivered and absorbed for fourteen rounds you will come to realize the tremendous physical and mental conditioning that both fighters must have possessed to endure such a contest; a conditioning that came through training for hundreds of hours. Ali trained for the Thrilla In Manila bout in these very trunks.

    Provenance: Muhammad Ali gave these training trunks to Gene Kilroy, who assisted in bringing the fight to Manilla. Kilroy then inscribed them to Eddie Mercado (a.k.a. The Frank Sinatra of the Philippines) and gave them to Mercado. Mercado died of a stroke in 2006 and his family sold these trunks on eBay, where the consignor bought them. LOA from Craig Hamilton.




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