Boxing greats including Muhammad Ali today paid their respects to former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier at a private funeral after he died last week following a battle with liver cancer.
Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and promoter Don King were among 4,000 people who attended the two-hour service at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Civil rights advocate Reverend Jesse Jackson gave stirring remarks, asking fans to stand and 'show your love' for Frazier, 67, which prompted Ali to rise and vigorously clap for his fallen rival.
Big name: Boxing great Muhammad Ali leaves the funeral of boxer Joe Frazier in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hero: Former boxing champion Larry Holmes leaves after the service at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
'Joe paid real dues and he is a guy who we can emulate because of his sense of family,' Reverend Jackson said. 'An ordinary Joe with extraordinary things.'
'Joe paid real dues and he is a guy who we can emulate because of his sense of family. An ordinary Joe with extraordinary things'Ali held hands for assistance in and out of the church. Heavyweight legend Mike Tyson, real estate mogul Donald Trump and actor Mickey Rourke all sent videotaped messages of condolences.
Reverend Jesse Jackson
'He meant everything,' Holmes said, according to NBC Sports. 'He was a friend. He was a good man. Not only to me, to everybody.'
King said: 'Joe Frazier meant a lot to everyone because he was the embodiment of a heavyweight.' He added: 'He wanted to be able to fight for the people and in doing - he was fighting for his people.'
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