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

Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by mark ant, Aug 6, 2021.

  1. Kiwi_in_America

    Kiwi_in_America The Tuaminator Full Member

    Oct 19, 2006
  2. titanic

    titanic Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 7, 2016
    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

    Nov 10, 2014
    Weren't Ali and Elvis the two most famous people?
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  4. fistsof steel

    fistsof steel Boxing Addict Full Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Boy what an Era though...We may never see the likes of it again.!!!
  5. Sean weir

    Sean weir Member Full Member

    Jan 29, 2017
    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

    May 4, 2017
    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

    May 9, 2012
    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

    Jan 29, 2017
    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

    Jun 24, 2007
    If Ali had PPV available when he was fighting his numbers would have been untouchable.
  10. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    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

    Jan 7, 2014
    I call BS. Typical Yankee propaganda.
  12. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 16, 2019
    They were both outdoors, plenty of room.
  13. Saintpat

    Saintpat Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Ali was from Louisville.

    He wasn’t a yankee.
  14. vast

    vast Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Nov 27, 2010
    Numbers inflated. No way 1/3 of planets population watched it.
  15. DanielDimov

    DanielDimov Jabbing all night Full Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Even if the numbers are real, the only legit reason is that it was broadcasted for free.
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