Originally Posted by Bokaj
It's funny how the in-fighting Ali showed in Manilla is overlooked.
That a tall, rangy fighter prefers to hold instead of fighting on the inside isn't the same as that he can't fight inside.
Manilla is actually a very good example of that Ali had some very good fundamentals to fall back on once his speed had declined. The fight against Berbick is another. And Ali wasn't only old and slow in that fight, but also physically ill with Parkinson's syndrome.
In some ways watching Ali in the Berbick fight hurts almost as much as his beating in the Larry Holmes one,but considering how ill he already was,it was quite remarkable how he could still be competitive against a limited yet strong top contender.