When We Were Kings

The f├ęticheur had said
that a woman with trembling hands

would somehow get to Foreman.
A succubus.
'And that impressed me enormously.'
(Ceremonial band playing)
(Mailer) 'The heavyweight
championship produces an excitement

'that's unlike
almost any other spectacle.

'It's almost physically unendurable
'to wait for that bell
to ring for the first round.

'In 1974 in Zaire, the fight started
at four in the morning,

'in order that it could be shown
on TV in America

'at a reasonable hour like 10.'
Boma ye! Boma ye!
(Mailer) 'Before the fight,
I saw a scene that was incomparable.

'Ali's dressing room
was like a morgue.'

It was like The Last Supper.
And at a certain point Ali said,
"Why is everyone...
"so unhappy?
"What is the matter with all of you?"