The Thrilla in Manila and Rumble in the Jungle title fights both had an audience of over 1 billion

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  1. Kiwi_in_America

    Kiwi_in_America The Tuaminator Full Member

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  2. titanic

    titanic Boxing Addict Full Member

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    He doesn't know Don King , Ali , Foreman and Frazier. He is just a boy....
     
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  3. Eel87

    Eel87 Active Member Full Member

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    Weren't Ali and Elvis the two most famous people?
     
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  4. fistsof steel

    fistsof steel Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Boy what an Era though...We may never see the likes of it again.!!!
     
  5. Sean weir

    Sean weir Member Full Member

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    World population in 1974 was 3.9 billion.

    Only half of them were men 1.95 billion.

    Majority of people lived in poor countries like Russia, China, India, Nigeria etc having higher priorities than sport, like just trying to stay alive, feed their family, and not starve to death, so no 1 billion people obviously did not watch those fights.
     
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  6. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Ali was a hero in Africa, watch when we were kings when he was mobbed in Ziare before "the rumble"
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  7. Young Terror

    Young Terror ★ Griselda ★ Full Member

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    And back then there were still lots and lots of ppl who didnt have televisions plus the fight wasnt televised in most countries.

    Not even The World Cup final between Germany and the Netherlands that year had one billion watching and we are talking about the most important event in the most popular sport in the world that was surelly televised in more countries than the thrilla.

    All things considered theres absolutelly no way there was one billion ppl watching that fight live and whoever believes that is delusional to say the least.
     
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  8. Sean weir

    Sean weir Member Full Member

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    Watched it loads of times a couple of decades ago.
    Big difference from a large crowd gather around Ali, and 1 billion people watching the fight, mathematics and logic prove it to obviously be far less than that.
     
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  9. Ted Stickles

    Ted Stickles Boxing Addict Full Member

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    If Ali had PPV available when he was fighting his numbers would have been untouchable.
     
  10. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Ali was The Greatest.

    His stardom worldwide cannot even be compared to anyone on the planet today, much less any athlete and definitely much less any boxer.
     
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  11. mirkofilipovic

    mirkofilipovic ESB Management Full Member

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    I call BS. Typical Yankee propaganda.
     
  12. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    They were both outdoors, plenty of room.
     
  13. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Ali was from Louisville.

    He wasn’t a yankee.
     
  14. vast

    vast Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Numbers inflated. No way 1/3 of planets population watched it.
     
  15. DanielDimov

    DanielDimov Jabbing all night Full Member

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    Even if the numbers are real, the only legit reason is that it was broadcasted for free.
     
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