"We are both satisfied with the investigation," he said, referring to New York District Attorney Frank Hogan's inquiry and speaking also for Ingemar. "We feel it should be looked into. In fact, everyone who likes boxing should be satisfied. Boxing shouldn't be taking all those raps all the time. He wants the return and he will fight the return but he doesn't want any monkey business behind the back or under the table. He doesn't want to be a new Carnera. He will get his part. One thing is certain. Floyd shall have his return.
"You know, I like D'Amato. I think he is being influenced by other people. I think it is that Schweig [Edwin Schweig, D'Amato's lawyer]. You know, the first time that I met Schweig in his office, he boasted to me about how much money D'Amato owed him.
" D'Amato's trouble is he doesn't trust anybody. Why should I trust a man who doesn't trust anybody? But I like him, you know, except the way he talks about the IBC. The first time I met him he took us to some hideaway in Long Island with dogs, and for six hours he told us about the IBC.
"Now, Bill. Bill is weak, but he is honest. He should have told us what was going on [before the fight] but perhaps he was right. We might have gone home.
"What sort of a man is Velella [ Vincent J. Velella, who ousted Rosensohn as president of Rosensohn Enterprises!? I don't know him but I know him. These people push us around, the darn fools. They played for high stakes and when you play for high stakes you have to be ready to lose, the darn fools. They are greedy people. There is plenty of money for everybody but they're greedy, Kahn and Velella.
" Kahn, he calls me every night. One night I say, ' Kahn, do you have a pencil?' He say, 'Yes.' ' Kahn,' I say, 'do you have a piece of paper?' He say, 'Yes.' 'Well,' I say, 'write down this: Ingemar Johansson is the heavyweight champion of the world.' "
And Eddie laughed and drank some more quinine water.