When We Were Kings

Been chopping trees,
I done something new.

- I wrestled with an alligator.
- (Laughter)

That's right,
I have wrestled with an alligator!

I tussled with a whale. I handcuffed
lightning, thrown thunder in jail!

That's bad!
Only last week I murdered a rock!

Injured a stone!
Hospitalised a brick!

- I'm so mean I make medicine sick!
- Bad dude!

Bad, fast!
Fast! Fast! Last night,
cut the light off in my bedroom,

hit the switch and was in the bed
before the room was dark!

- Incredible.
- Fast!

You, George Foreman, all you chumps
are gonna bow when I whup him!

All of you! I know you got him picked
but the man's in trouble!

I'm gonna show you how great I am!
I think Ali was scared.
I think he was scared even then.

He knew he was gonna be very scared
as he got closer to the fight.

You know the way George fights.
George comes out...
"I made him the mummy!"

(Mailer) 'With his ego he could tell
himself he would dominate Foreman,

'make a fool of him, that Foreman
would never lay a glove on him.'

But in fact, in his sleep
or wherever his private moment came

he knew that he had not done as well
against two fighters particularly,

Joe Frazier and Ken Norton,
whom Foreman had demolished.

(Commentator) Down goes Frazier!
Down goes Frazier!

The heavyweight champion
is taking the mandatory eight count

and Foreman is as poised as can be!
Foreman is going about his job!
(Mailer) 'He had an overpowering
intensity when he punched.

'Foreman won
by knocking Joe Frazier out

'and knocked him down
something like seven times.

'Then he destroyed Ken Norton
in two rounds.

'The word "murderous" does not
quite apply, Foreman was awesome.'

This chump has got everybody scared.
Scared of what?
There's nothing to be scared of.