American Rhetoric: Movie Speech
Muhammad Ali's Historic and Monumental Moment with Howard Cosell
Ali: Man, if they came to me tomorrow and they said, "We want you to fight Joe Frazier, Madison Square Garden, millions and millions's of dollars. Here's your license back." I will will tell them I will never fight again.
Cosell: Frankly, Muhammad, I'm surprised because unless you or until you fight Frazier --
Ali: Cosell --
Cosell: There are people who --
Ali: Are you losing your hearing along with your hair? Don't put no question to it man. I done told you I'm through fightin'. I got a much bigger contender, a much heavier opponent. I'm fightin' the entire U.S. Government.
Cosell: Do you think you're going to jail?
Ali: I don't know. I don't know.
Cosell: Joe Frazier told me on this show that he could knock you out.
Ali: See, there you go agitatin'. You should've asked Smokin' Joe" what have he been smokin'? That boy even dream he whup me, he better wake up and apologize. But if I ever was to get in the ring with Joe, here's what you might see: