in for a new experience," Ali said. "He's up against the fastest
heavyweight alive, quick and trim. Look at that." He slapped his belly.
"Look how pretty and slim."
"You won't be
when Jerry finishes," Ketchum said. "I know he's going to hit
goin' to do that?" Ali looked genuinely surprised. "Angelo, how can he
get away from the jab? How will he ever see it?"
He motioned Ali to the rubbing table and began the taping of his hands.
challenged Ali: "And if Jerry moves in on you, throwing the big ones? Ho
"He goin' to
get hit right in the banana," Ali said crisply. "He never seen a right
"If you beat
Quarry tonight, you are the greatest heavyweight who ever lived," Ketchum
said, and he added with attempted sarcasm, "Yeah, and if that happens I'll
come in here and kiss you."
no," said Ali. He looked at the taped hand Dundee had finished.
"Hey," he said. "We will give you guys $500,000, cash, if you let
me put a horseshoe in my gloves."
"Aw," he said.
the taping, and Ketchum leaned over and crisscrossed the tape with pen strokes.
When he stepped back, Ali stood up and moved close to stare into Ketchum's
eyes. Ketchum is a tall man; standing, they braced each other, like fighters
getting instructions from the referee. "Look into my eyes," Ali said.
"I'm the real heavyweight. I am the fastest heavyweight that ever