Muhammad Ali

Pacquiao warned to retire after Marquez defeat

Manny Pacquiao

Philippine media pundits put pressure on Manny Pacquiao to retire after his heavy defeat in Las Vegas, with one comparing him to Parkinson's disease sufferer Muhammad Ali.

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 2:37am

Wladimir Klitschko, boxing champion the world's never heard of

Juan de Leon, coach to Mariusz Wach (right) holds up sparring gloves with images of Wach's rival Vladimir Klitschko during a training session in Hamburg. Photo: Reuters

In a sad reminder of the days when heavyweight boxing used to mean something, Joe Frazier will be moved tomorrow to a new crypt in the Philadelphia cemetery where he was buried a year ago.

Floyd Mayweather Jnr helped pay for the new digs, which family members say offers a more fitting resting place for the ferocious fighter who so famously duelled with Muhammad Ali.

9 Nov 2012 - 2:40am

Words are not sticks and stones

Howard Cosell was a lot of things. 'Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a showoff. I have been called all of these,' the sportscasting legend once said. 'Of course, I am.' But of all the things Cosell was, there was one thing he was not: racist.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

I'm still smokin' mad about 1971

I'm not a particularly foul-mouthed type but there are times in a man's life when he needs to swear because anger courses through you in a way that only a good cursing will do. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to properly swear in this space, damn it! Smokin' Joe Frazier passed away this week and the lack of respect accorded that man was obvious to me even at a young age.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Liu Wenbo

GOOD SPORT I was born in Qingdao, Shandong province, in eastern China, and, of course, was an only child. My father was a runner and my mother a basketball player, so sport runs in the family. By the time I was born, they had stopped competing and were working in a factory. Despite their sporting backgrounds they wanted me to be a regular student and didn't encourage me to start young.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Let's give World Peace a chance

They could certainly use some peace in England right now and it appears they will soon be getting it. According to a number of reports, Metta World Peace is set to take his considerable talents to the Cheshire Jets of the British Basketball League (BBL). You don't know World Peace? No, probably not and your ignorance is understandable considering the spate of global conflicts.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1975

9 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Heavyweight push for 'Hustle in Hong Kong'

You know those George Foreman grills that are so popular across the US. Now Jackie Chan is launching his own version of the healthy, fat-free sizzling cooker next week.

Adding weight to the promo push, the two-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world (below) is coming for a press conference next Tuesday afternoon.

5 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Chance to dream of glory and forget the ordinary

The great Muhammad Ali once famously said that the question 'who is going to win?' is more compelling than even the pursuit of a beautiful woman. He was talking before one of his own fights - a reminder that his publicity skills outside the ring were as sharp as those with which he plied his brutal trade inside the ropes.

10 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Mauling in Manila

It is 30 years since world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier in Manila - in one of the most dramatic and brutal sporting events of modern times.

Known as the 'Thrilla in Manila', the fight excited audiences the world over with its relentless, explosive action and constantly shifting momentum.

2 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

The Soul of a Butterfly

The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey by Muhammad Ali (with Hana Yasmeen Ali) Bantam Books, $112

11 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Frozen in Time

Trevor Berbick raises his gloves in triumph while a tired Muhammad Ali stands forlornly behind him. It isn't much of an achievement for Berbick against an Ali brought back into the ring simply for the money.

5 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Shrewd taming of the beast

It is 30 years since Muhammad Ali recaptured the world heavyweight boxing title by defeating champion George Foreman in one of the most dramatic sporting events of modern times. Ali, a 32-year-old underdog going into the fight, astonished the world with a stunning eighth-round knockout of the previously unbeaten Foreman.

24 Oct 2004 - 12:00am


Starring: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx,

Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles,

Jada Pinkett Smith

Director: Michael Mann

19 May 2002 - 12:00am

Ali sues for robe

Boxing great Muhammad Ali is suing to recover a boxing robe he wore early in his career.

Ali contends the robe was taken by Walter Cuff, who once worked for the former heavyweight champion's mother in Louisville in the US state of Kentucky.

22 Apr 2000 - 12:00am