When We Were Kings

and getting so little.
(Mailer) 'George Foreman
was a phenomenon.

'He was almost like a physical guru.
'He almost never spoke
but it was always arresting.

'You never quite knew what he meant,
it might be deep or non-responsive.

'He was Negritude.
He was this huge Black force.'

Because of this I had expected
Muhammad Ali to be here today.

I was gonna hit him in his mouth
to give you some entertainment.

Now when I go in the ring,
you see what kind of mind I got now?

Oh! Oh!
I just got to pound him.
I'm not gonna even realise...
I might look at his face
and say, "How'd I do that?"

Allah, God, I'm his tool. God got
in me on purpose for my people.

God has made this man
look like a little kid.

His so-called right hand ain't
nothing now, I don't even feel 'em!

I walk right in and take my shots
because I have God in my mind.

I'm thinking of my people being free
and I can help with just one fight.

He looks little in comparison
to what I'm getting from it!

But if I think about just me...
George Foreman knocked out
Joe Frazier like he was God.

He knocked out Ken Norton.
And the white press,
the power structure

rank me to get tired in five or six,
then I go in like Norton
and the rest of them and get scared.

But my God controls the universe.
(Plimpton) 'I was interested
in people called "f├ęticheurs".

'They are witches, soothsayers,
'and in Western Africa
almost everybody has one.

'They go to a witch doctor
the way we would go to a dentist.'

Muhammad Ali had been
to Mobutu's f├ęticheur.

He had said that...