Joe Frazier told a Manila news conference on Saturday (13 September) that he's keeping cool about his title fight against the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali on Tuesday (1 October).
GV Zoom in Hyatt Hotel.
SV Joe Frazier (centre) at news conference PAN to Frazier and officials.
CU Frazier speaking.
GV banner and people listening CUT to Frazier singing a song... ends with people applauding.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: FRAZIL: "It's really indeed a great pleasure to be here. It is a beautiful country. Well, back to question... Well anything about this -- I usually don't got involved with actually that kind of warfare. I feel like this -- he's another man and there's only one way think -- that's to win. Don't pay attention to what he's saying. I think the main thing about it is that he would like for his opponent to get all riled up and get carried away and that way you kind of forget what your plans are. So we are being cool, keep a level head and by that way we can control ourselves. I never been the type of guy who particularly predicts a particular round. Like I said earlier, I'd like to see the fight go the distance because I have something on the man. I am in shape. I am ready to go the distance. We worked on a lot of things. And I know we'll be trying as lot of things this particular fight so we want a fight going to fifteen rounds."
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Background: Joe Frazier told a Manila news conference on Saturday (13 September) that he's keeping cool about his title fight against the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali on Tuesday (1 October).
He told journalists that he's ignoring Ali and concentrating on one thing - his plans to win.
Frazier said that he wants the fight to go the distance - the full fifteen rounds. But the former World Heavyweight Champion -- in turn previously victorious and defeated by Ali -- is giving little away.
He said Ali would like him to get " all riled up", and forget his fight strategy and tactics. But he won't oblige. Nor would Frazier predict in which round he would deliver the final victory blow.
Frazier said he and his team are keeping level heads and control of themselves. He said he's in good shape.
Meanwhile Ali who's also arrived in Manila says that he will stop Frazier. But so far he hasn't predicted in which round. And ali is his usual self.
Ali said he's in first class condition. And promises that eh fight will not go the distance. As usual he's thought up a poem for the occasion: "It will be a killer, a chiller and a thriller when I get the Gorilla (Frazier) in Manila."
Win or loose, Ali is guaranteed a purse of 4.5 million dollars (2,140,000 stg.) against Frazier's guarantee of 2.5 million dollar (1,200,000 stg.) -- the biggest in world boxing history.
While Frazier says that he's ignoring Ali, he has at least copied him one respect -- he's taken up singing.