• Former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Frazier dies

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    (CNN) — Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier died Monday, after he was diagnosed with liver cancer, his family said in a statement.

    Frazier was 67.

    “We The Family of … Smokin’ Joe Frazier, regret to inform you of his passing,” the statement said. “He transitioned from this life as ‘One of God’s Men,’ on the eve of November 7, 2011 at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”

    He fought fellow boxing legend Muhammad Ali three times, including the famous “Thrilla in Manila” fight in 1975.

    http:/www.youtube.com/embed/nanls0tn14m” target=”_blank”>The Thrilla in Manila Video

    Joe Frazier: A Life in Pictures

    “The world has lost a great champion,” Ali said in a statement early Tuesday. “I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration. My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.”

    Star boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather offered to pay for Frazier’s funeral.

    “My Condolences go out to the family of the late great Joe Frazier,” read a post on Mayweather’s official Twitter feed. “#TheMoneyTeam will pay for his Funeral services.”

    Frazier, nicknamed “Smokin’ Joe,” used his devastating left hook with impunity during his professional career, retiring in 1976 with a 32-4-1 record and staging one last comeback fight in 1981.

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