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Frazier Wants to End Ali Feud

October 30, 1996|Associated Press

NEW YORK — Joe Frazier, in a bid to end decades of feuding between the two former heavyweight champions, on Tuesday extended an olive branch to Muhammad Ali.

"It's about time to bring it to an end. I don't feel that I'm too big I can't say I'm sorry," Frazier said of the bickering that has continued between the pair since the last of their three epic bouts, the "Thrilla in Manila" on Oct. 1, 1975. "I'm willing to say I'm sorry if I said anything to hurt you.

"We got to do it, before we all close our eyes, because I want to see him in heaven," the 52-year-old Frazier said of Ali, 54, who is stricken with Parkinson's syndrome.

Frazier blasted Ali this year at the Olympics for the choice of Ali to light the Olympic flame. He also ripped into Ali in his recent autobiography and a Sports Illustrated article.

"It's 25 years later," Frazier said. "I've got no chip on my shoulder."

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