New York City, New York
06:38:14 - 06:42:31
Continuation of Muhammad Ali interview conducted by Nikki Giovanni, who asks of his opinion of boxing's future. Muhammad Ali: "They say that boxing is dead b/c there are too many black people that rule it" & "it's interesting when you got different races & nationalities competing but when one race dominates, which is us, it's dead." "When I fought Jerry Quarry, who was a white Irishman, that was a big fight. But when I fought Buster Mathis it was a farce b/c it was 2 black men." Muhammad Ali is asked to dispense some words of wisdom to young men interested in pursuing sports; The Champ replies that he wouldn't advise a career in sports b/c it's too risky, both physically & financially, that they should concentrate on academics instead, but if they're really interested in boxing they should become a manager b/c "usually they get all the money." Muhammad Ali doesn t recommend a boxing career for young black men, stating that blacks need scientists, doctors, nurses, electricians, etc. "Something that most black people don t get hip to is reading & spelling, something I can't do right now." The Champ says he failed his 1st two Army exams; "they said I was mentally unable until they heard I was a Muslim, then I was smart but before that they didn't want me." "I told you I was the greatest, not the smartest." Nikki Giovanni closes sgement, saying the Muhammad Ali is "a wonderful image to us all" & "an inspiration."