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"Knockout Classics: Five Unforgettable Boxing Matches That Shaped the Sport"

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  1. Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III "The Thrilla in Manila" (1975): This legendary bout took place in Manila, Philippines, between two heavyweight boxing icons, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It was the third and final fight in their epic trilogy. The match was a grueling battle, characterized by intense exchanges and a display of incredible endurance from both fighters. In the end, Ali emerged victorious when Frazier's corner decided to stop the fight before the start of the 15th round. The fight is renowned for its brutal nature and is often regarded as one of the greatest boxing matches in history.

  2. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield II "The Bite Fight" (1997): This infamous fight was a rematch between heavyweight boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. The match gained notoriety when Tyson, frustrated and seemingly losing the fight, bit off a part of Holyfield's ear in the third round. The referee disqualified Tyson, resulting in a shocking and controversial ending. This incident generated significant media attention and remains one of the most bizarre and talked-about moments in boxing history.

  3. Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns "The Showdown" (1981): This highly anticipated welterweight championship fight featured two boxing legends, Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns. Dubbed "The Showdown," the bout showcased the skills and determination of both fighters. The match was closely contested, with both Leonard and Hearns displaying exceptional boxing abilities. Leonard mounted a late comeback and won by TKO in the 14th round, solidifying his reputation as one of the best boxers of his era.

  4. Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns "The War" (1985): This middleweight clash between Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns is commonly referred to as "The War" due to its intense and action-packed nature. The fight began explosively, with both fighters trading heavy blows from the opening bell. The three rounds were filled with relentless exchanges and non-stop aggression. Ultimately, Hagler emerged victorious by TKO, as he showcased his durability and determination in the face of Hearns' powerful punches. This fight is often regarded as one of the most thrilling and memorable in boxing history.

  5. Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV (2012): The fourth encounter between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez was highly anticipated, as their previous three fights had all been incredibly close. The fight took place in the welterweight division and was expected to provide another thrilling display of skill and strategy. The match ended dramatically in the sixth round when Marquez landed a powerful right hand counterpunch that knocked Pacquiao out cold. The unexpected knockout marked a stunning upset and added another chapter to the historic rivalry between the two fighters.


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