When We Were Kings

'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!
Bigger than Evel Knievel and
the Kentucky Derby on the same day.

The president of Zaire was willing
to put $10 million

of his country's own very scarce,
hard-earned currency on the line,

not for any
short-term economic reason

but because he felt
that the fight would be good

in terms of promoting Zaire and also
in terms of promoting himself,

and as Ali said at the time,
countries go to war
to get their names on the map

and wars cost
a lot more than $10 million.

(King) Some of the most dynamic
performers from Afro-America

will appear at the stadium in
Kinshasa on the 20th, 21st and 22nd,

with this theatrical release.
It will be James Brown,
soul brother number one...

- Is he playing?
- Yes, James Brown will be there.

We will have BB King, The Spinners...
This is the first assembly in history
where the top-notch Blacks of America