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Frazier's bond with Philadelphia tighter in death

Updated: November 15, 2012, 5:30 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- With a pair of boxing gloves draped over Joe Frazier's casket, the Rev. Jesse Jackson stood nearby and delivered a stirring knockout pitch for the fitting tribute he said the late heavyweight champion deserved, the immortal reward his family longed for in his life.

"Tell them Rocky is fictitious, Joe was reality," Jackson said, referring to the hometown character from the boxing movie, "Rocky," and whose statue stands at the base of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Rocky's ...

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