Muhammad Ali Bids Final Farewell to Smokin' Joe Frazier

Muhammad Ali Bids Final Farewell to Smokin' Joe Frazier

Muhammad Ali, who was Joe Frazier's greatest rival in life, paid his respects at Frazier's funeral in Philadelphia.

Published November 14, 2011

Muhammad Ali, who battled Joe Frazier three times in historic heavyweight championship fights, paid his respects to his former opponent at funeral services in Philadelphia on Monday.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson delivered a eulogy to the congregation at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Former heavyweight champ Larry Holmes and promoter Don King were among the mourners.

Ali and Frazier also engaged in a war of words over the years, though the two were said to have achieved at least a partial rapprochement after Frazier was diagnosed with liver cancer this year. He died at 67 on Nov. 7.

Now suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, Ali stood and vigorously clapped for his fallen rival. He wore dark glasses and needed assistance moving about.

Mike Tyson, Donald Trump and actor Mickey Rourke sent taped condolence messages.

(Photo: REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

Written by Jamie Katz

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