Joe Frazier never received American deification and failed to think of an indoor heating pad for cooking. Therefore, his voice has always been quieter among the boxing legends from the 1960s-1970s.
HBO’s “Thrilla in Manilla” documentary (first aired last weekend) provided Frazier an opportunity to speak for himself at center stage with a sympathetic ear on hand. Finally, Joe, the stage is yours. What say thee?
“I’m sorry that (Muhammad Ali) is the way he is, but I didn’t have too much to do with it. It was the good man above. Maybe I did have a little to do with it, but God judges, you know what I’m saying? We don’t have the power to judge that the man has above.”
… okay, that’s a wrap here, people. Thanks for your time. The lightning strike will be here shortly and we’d like to get this expensive filming equipment out of the way.
Oh, he’s still talking … something about pushing Ali into the Olympic flame? A philandering Ali? No no… go on. We’ll just get the van warmed up.
Ali and Frazier don’t owe any affection to the other, but Joe’s received bad advice if he thinks this will damage Ali’s halo, true or not. Also, is there a Kennedy past that lost any shine for his indiscretions? If anything, Frazier should be mad at the “good man above” for giving him lesser boxing ability than Ali.