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Sat Apr 19 20:10:06 SAST 2014

Promoter rips Ali protrayal in Thrilla documentary

Sapa-AFP | 10 November, 2011 16:080 Comments
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali spars with a local boxer during a visit to the Sahat Homa Boxing Club November18, 2002 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ali is in Kabul on a three-day mission as a special guest of the UN as the "U.N. Messenger of Peace."
Image by: Paula Bronstein / UNICEF/Getty Images

Bob Arum, the 80-year-old promoter who served as attorney and promoter for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, ripped the way the icon was portrayed in a recent documentary about fighter Joe Frazier.

Arum made his comments at a pre-fight news conference for Saturday’s pay-per-view welterweight showdown between Filipino star  Manny Pacquiao and Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez.

   Two days after Frazier’s death Monday after a long fight with liver cancer, HBO pay-per-view boss Mark Taffet said his network would replay “The Thrilla in Manila” documentary about the 1975 Ali-Frazier fight ahead of Pacquiao-Marquez.

   That prompted Arum to follow with a harsh critique about the film being shown by his business partners, noting its portrayal of Frazier’s feelings about taunts by Ali, who called Frazier ugly and  a gorilla among other things.

   “That documentary is disgusting,” Arum said. “It’s filled with stuff from a lot of people who weren’t even around then. I was.

It’s chocked full of inaccuracies. It is an unfair attack on Muhammad Ali.

   “You can watch it, but don’t believe a word that’s being said.”

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