Does a rematch between world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali and challenger Joe Frazier need the ballyhoo which has come to surround these title fights?
SCU Ali speaking at news conference with nets
CU Rubber gorilla on lapel
CU Ali supporter
CU Ali punching rubber gorilla Ali speaking "All night that's....
GV & SV Ali & Brown playing with nets
GV Frazier & Ali (3 shots)
LV News conference & boxes leave
Ali prides himself on his endurance, but if he intends to talk from now until fight time on October first at the pace he set today, he will be the greatest. Ali breezed into the gathering swinging a couple of butterfly nets for his opponent...only way he can catch me... said the champ. And then he whipped out a little rubber gorilla, which he said was the soul of Joe Frazier.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: ALI: "All night that's all he's goin' to be. All night Malaysia. That's all vo???re goin' to see. The Philippines, rather. Come on gorilla we're in Manila. (laughter)." Ali's pal Bodini Brown, sang the counterpoint. ALI: "Do we (indistinct)."
BROWN: "He can't take it.
ALI: "Are we goin' (indistinct)."
BROWN: "He can't see the butterfly."
ALI: "Are we going to dance."
BROWN: "We're going to dance all night."
ALI: "Are we going to dance all night. We're going to dance all night."
"Frazier was fashionably late hoping the champ might have wound down a little... but he had to struggle to get in a word.
ALI: "I am going to be dancing."
ALI:"I'm dancing and speaking. I'm a dancer (indistinct)."
FRAZIER: "I did some at one time."
ALI: I know you can't dance. He hope I stop dancing. But what if I don't stop dancing. (indistinct). I'm going to keep dancing forever. It will be a thriller and a killer to get the gorilla and Manila."
Can they keep it up for ten weeks, well it's probably worth a try. At the end of the road the greatest single payday in sports' history. Four million for frazier more than eight million for Ali.
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This film is serviced with a commentary by T.V.N reporter and MacMillan, and parts of interviews with Ali and Frazier. A transcript appears overleaf.
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Background: Does a rematch between world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali and challenger Joe Frazier need the ballyhoo which has come to surround these title fights? Well apparently the organiser think it does. In New York on Thursday (17 July) they held a news conference. Ali was his usual self while the subdued frazier struggled to get a few words in to press his case. Whatever the outcome of the fight on October first, the verbal sparring and pre-fight publicity promises to beat all that's gone before.
Ali who lost to Fazier the firs time around and beat him on the rematch, will make around eight million dollars for the fight. Frazier who lost the world title he took form Ali to George foreman will make four million.
Whatever the outcome it will be the riches t prize money for a few hours work in sports' history...and the pre-fight skirmished will outdo anything the fight world has ever seen. Watch out!