When We Were Kings

Had a house for his mother, one for
him and he told 'em to shove it.

If he couldn't love his god,
what do you think he is...mister?

(Boxers sparring and crowd shouting)
(Mailer) 'Ali trained for the Foreman
fight at Deer Lake, Pennsylvania.

'He trained very hard
for that fight,

'and had very good sparring partners.
'Larry Holmes was one of them.
'I was struck with how well
he actually handled Ali

'in their sparring sessions.
'He dominated Ali.
That wasn't uncommon.

'Ali would often not show his best
stuff with sparring partners,

'but would work on his weaknesses.
'He'd go against the ropes
and let people pummel him,

'very heavy hitters,
he'd let them bang away at him.

'As if he was training his body to
receive these messages of punishment

'and absorb them faster than other
fighters could absorb them.'

(Ali) 'This is in Africa because
they came up with $10 million.'

$5 million for George Foreman,
$5 million for me.
England was trying to get it.
A promoter said America was trying,

but none could surpass
the $5 million mark.

The dream is becoming a reality.
(Hauser) 'Don King
went to George Foreman

'and got him to sign an agreement
'saying that if King could deliver
$5 million, Foreman would fight Ali.

'Then King went to Ali
and made the same deal,

'so Don King now had both fighters,
'their signatures
on a piece of paper.

'What he didn't have
was $10 million.'

..a festival to complement
this great sporting event,

the greatest sporting event
in history.

- Of all time!
- All time, as the champ says.

Greatest event of all time!