Muhammad Ali’s Signed Thrilla In Manila Shorts Could Sell For $6 Million

Muhammad Ali’s shorts worn during his ‘Thrilla in Manila’ fight with Joe Frazier could fetch up to $6 million at auction.

Ali passed away in 2016, leaving a legacy inside and outside the ring. He became the first fighter to win the heavyweight title on three occasions. He was the Ring Magazine Heavyweight Champion from 1964-1970. That was followed up with the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship from 1974-1978 and the WBA and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Championship from 1978-1979. He was a critic of US involvement in the Vietnam War and an outspoken supporter of the US Civil Rights Movement.

But it was the third fight with Fraizer, which also captivated the public. Before the fight, their record stood at one apiece. Frazier won the first bout, while Ali won the second. It set things up for the critical third fight, which Ali won after a pulsating back-and-forth battle. Frazier’s trainer, Eddie Futch, withdrew him before the final 15th round, giving Ali the decisive win.

Now, fans can be a part of that history by buying the signed Ali shorts from that fight. The shorts will be auctioned at Sotheby’s, with an estimate of between $4m and $6m. That is almost the same price as Ali’s guaranteed purse for the fight, which stood at $4.5 million. The bidding went live on March 27. The current bid is at $3.8 million, with no reserve set. The auction will conclude on April 12 at 12:30 pm Eastern Time.

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“Then they disrobed, and Ali stood there in his trademark Everlast shorts, pure white save for the black belt line and thin black racing stripes down each leg. The shorts were Ali’s calling card. A symbol in satin. Because if you strip away the context, the stakes and everything else: Who wears white shorts to a fight?,” Sotheby’s

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